Flavonoids

Overview

Flavonoids assist in improving the function of vitamin C and protects it from oxidation.  They fall under the category of phytochemicals, meaning that they are produced and accumulate in plants.


Function

Flavonoids are essential for blood vessel health and lowering blood pressure.  As an antioxidant, flavonoids have anti-inflammatory properties.


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Recommended Intake

There are no official intake values yet for flavonoids, as more research needs to be conducted.


Deficiency

Flavonoids are very commonly found in the average diet; a deficiency is unlikely.


Sources in the Diet

Edible pulp of citrus fruits, rose hips, apricots, cherries, grapes, black currants, green pepper, broccoli, onions, and tomatoes are good sources.  Green tea and red wine have several flavonoids as well as many herbs: billberry, hawthorn, ginkgo, and milk thistle.


Recent Studies and Articles

Flavonoids and prostate cancer

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121017122812.htm

Preventing blood clots

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/05/flavonoid-compound-can-prevent-blood-clots/

Flavonoids and strawberries

http://www.salk.edu/news/pressrelease_details.php?press_id=500


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Sources

  1. [0] – The New Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements, and Herbs
  2. [0] – Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease