RedOnion-300x200The plant-based polyphenols called flavonoids were once called vitamin P, possibly based on the biochemically persuasive effect they have on full-body health.

Flavonoids have also been referred to as nature’s multitasking biological response modifiers because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally,  they have the ability to help prevent excessive clumping of platelets, support cellular membrane and vascular health, transport and recycle vitamin C and modulate gene-based cellular signaling.

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One of the best sources of catechins,epucatecgubs epicatechins and gallocatechins  flavonoids is a lovely cup of black or green tea.

Flavonoids are synthesized by and widely distributed in a large number of plants. Their most important plant-based job is supplying the pigments for flower coloration producing yellow, red and blue pigmentation in petals designed to attract male pollinators. They also naturally protect plants from microbes and fungi.

greenteaAccording to the nutrition science research team at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, many of the biological effects of flavonoids appear to be related to their ability to support appropriate gene-based cell-signaling pathways associated with healthy aging.

The Big Three
Quercetin: Quercetin is widely distributed in nature. Foods rich in quercetin include black and green tea, apples, onions and especially red onions, red grapes, citrus fruits, tomatoes, broccoli and other leafy green vegetables, as well as raspberry and cranberry. It’s used to support cellular membrane, heart and vascular health.

Rutin: This flavonoid is a glycoside bound by sugar to quercetin and the disaccharide rutinose. It’s found in apples and fruit rinds, especially citrus fruit rinds. It is also the primary flavonoid found in clingstone peaches. It, too, supports vascular health.

Hesperadin: Hesperadin is a water-soluble type of flavonoid called a flavanone, due to the presence of a specific sugar molecule in its structure. It’s found in all citrus fruits, but it is the predominant flavonoid in lemons and oranges. It’s been implicated in many of their beneficial effects including vascular protection and support for appropriate cholesterol production.

Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, and the Biosyntrx staff

PEARL: It makes biological sense to recommend and daily consume diets high in the colorful fruits and vegetables that contain flavonoids.

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