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Flavonoids, very common in nature, are not particularly known in what are the real properties, especially as regards the benefits they bring to our health. Citrus fruits, apples, apricots and other fruits and foods, owe to these and other substances, their coloring that passes from warm yellow shades, to equally fascinating reds and oranges. But how do they interact with our body when we ingest them?
Flavonoids: what they are
Flavonoids, which we also find called bioflavonoids, I'm natural chemical compounds. We find them in plants and they have important properties for our health. To say which ones it is necessary to make some distinction because it depends on flavonoid to flavonoid.
Almost everyone has a specification ability to block the damage caused by free radicals. This leads to different intensities of benefits always inherent to chronic degenerative diseases. The category we are exploring is broad, encompassing more than 5000 compounds.
In general i flavonoids they are considered to be powerful antioxidants and are used for improve the functioning of the liver as well as the immune system and capillaries. We also find them recommended when it comes to preventing cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases. Some argue that they are also effective for some cancers.
Let's see how i best known and useful flavonoids. Let's start with milk thistle which stimulates liver function and protects it from toxins, another food rich in flavonoids and green tea, appreciated as an antioxidant and used for "anti-aging therapies". There is also less known the horse chestnut which performs a protective and strengthening function on the microcirculation, especially if it is ingested in combination with vitamin C. Not to be forgotten Red wine, which in moderate doses, can help from a cardiovascular point of view.
There are also the benefits that these substances bring to the plant kingdom. THE flavonoids, indeed, protect plants from the possible damage caused by solar radiation or pathogens of various types. They also affect metabolism by improving it.
Among the rich vegetables we find cabbage and broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, fennel, onions but not only in this category there are. Also seeds, barks, rhizomes and leaf of a number of plants contain and drinks like tea and fruit juices, as well as red wine we have already talked about. Let's not neglect thedark chocolate, citrus fruits, buckwheat e propolis.
As a matter of taste or possibility, we sometimes find ourselves having to ask "help" to a supplement to take the recommended amount of flavonoids. They can also be found online. With 13 euros for example you buy a pack of 100 capsules also containing vitamin C, also suitable for those who follow a vegan diet. This type of supplement is recommended for those who suffer from swollen ankles and feel tired and heavy legs.
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