Get To Know The Big F: Flavonoids

  1. So Good, It's Almost Magic

    Flavonoids are rich in antioxidants! They promote healthier arteries and serve as anti-inflammatory compounds. They also combat signs of aging by rejuvenating and repairing our cells (we love this!)  Flavonoids could help prevent Alzheimer’s, dementia, and even some types of cancer by stimulating the production of phase II enzymes. These enzymes destroy mutagens and carcinogens, kill cancer cells, and prevent the growth of tumors.

    Flavonoids work very well combined with vitamin C. The combo can help reduce the effects of inflammatory diseases. It can also impede the spread of some viruses and bacteria, like herpes or HIV. Some scientific in vitro studies have shown that flavonoids have this effect, though this hasn’t been proven in clinical trials.

    As part of their anti-inflammatory effects: cocoa and chocolate contain a type of flavonoid called flavonols that may reduce dangerous inflammation in the arteries. A study in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” found that daily consumption of skim milk with 40g of unsweetened cocoa powder reduced levels of adhesion molecules in human subjects. Adhesion molecules can cause plaque buildup in the arteries, increasing the risk for heart disease, especially atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries

  2. Foods High In Flavonoids

    So you must be dying to know which foods are high in this wonderful element. Here they are:

    • Apples (apple peel is particularly good for your health)
    • Blueberries & blueberry juice
    • Broccoli
    • Lettuce
    • Capers (the biggest veggie source of flavonoids!)
    • Chocolate/Cocoa
    • Red & green onions
    • Strawberries
    • Red wine and red grapes
    • Tea
  3. Do Flavonoids Carry Side Effects?

    There are no known side effects to consuming lots of food that is high in flavonoids. Unless you find out you are specifically sensitive to one of the six types of flavonoids, there’s no reason not to try adding them into your diet. Start reaping the longterm benefits to your health!

Republished with permission from Latina Moms – Latinamoms.com

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