Bioflavonoids

Bioflavanoids enhance the absorption of Vit. C and the two should be taken together. There are many different bioflavanoids, including hesperetin, herperedin, eriodictyol, quercetin, quercitrin, and rutin.

Bioflavanoids act synergistically with vit.C to preserve the structure of the capillaries. Sources of bioflavanoids are: the white material beneath the peel of citrus fruits, peppers, buckwheat, black currents, apricots, cherries, grapefruit, grapes, lemons, oranges, prunes, and rose hips.

Herbs that contain bioflavanoids are: chervil. elderberries, hawthorn berry, horsetail, rose hips, and shepherd’s purse.  Linda

Rutin is one of the flavonoids. Flavonoids are a group of plant pigments that are responsible for the colors of many fruits and flowers. (but not sweet potato or yams) They are useful in the treatment and prevention of many dis-eases. The medicinal actions of many foods: juices, herbs, and bee pollen are related to their flavanoid content. Over 4,000 flavanoid compounds have been identified and classifed according to chemical structure. There are four categories of flavanoids: PCOs: (proanthocyanidins) found in red wine, grape seeds and maritime pine bark. Quercetrin: The backbone to which other flovanoids link. Citrus bioflavonoids: include rutin, hesperidin, quercitin and naringin.

Green Tea Polyphenols: great anti-oxidants include catechin and epigallocatechin gallate. Good dietary sources of flavonoids include citrus fruits, berries, onions, parsley, legumes, green tea and red wine (or red grape juice). Quercetrin helps protect against cataracts They also possess antiviral activity, inhibit tumor formation, enhance insulin secretion, anti allergy, anti inflammatory, and antioxidant activity. PCOs are used in the treatment of venous and capillary disorders, like varicose veins, capillary fragility and disorders of the retina.

Quercetin is known as ‘king of the flavonoids’ because of its preventive and curative abilities. It is one of the best antihistamines for relieving hay fever and allergies. It is also an anti inflammatory for pain producing ailments such as rheumatoid arthritis.

It might be more effective than vitamin E for lowering cholesterol and the risk of heart disease and stroke. It safeguards LDL (the bad cholesterol) from oxidation helping to prevent it from clogging arteries.

High-dose quercetin therapy slows the advance of many different types of cancer, stops the growth of leukemia cells, impedes breast cancer.

To obtain it: drink green tea, red wine, apples, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, and broccoli. Large amounts are required to be therapeutic so you can also take it as a supplement. Check with your health food store to see if they carry it.

Human dose is about a thousand milligrams. Read the label. Bird dose would be much less than that, based on body weight.

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