Most everyone in the modern world has heard the chat, – online and elsewhere, referring to those health enhancing super anti-oxidants, – known to us as bioflavonoids! Polyphenols (“poly” being a Greek word for “more than one” or, “many”) are simply a cluster or, group of various super antioxidants. The flavonoids being just one category.
How do they enhance our health? And, why do we need them to remain in good health?
The average daily intake of total flavonoids in the United States is about 25 milligrams. An intake of a 30 milligrams, – just 5 milligrams more, significantly reduced the risk of fatal heart attack, according to a study with seniors (Zutphen Elderly Study). However, the study also revealed that for therapeutic purposes, a daily dose of 150 milligrams should be increased to 300 milligrams for maximum effect.
The body is a mechanism created to respond to certain natural elements in it’s quest to heal itself and remain in good working order. This is accomplished through the daily intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, some of which are more flavonoid-rich than others. All being nutritious, however.
The super anti-oxidants within these foods contain certain chemical elements which act to ward off certain diseases that attack our bodies. These diseases respond to the introduction of fair amounts of these chemicals in the polyphenals (combinations of over 5,000 of these different elements) much like a home intruder responds to a pit bull!
FLAVONOID RICH CITRUS: Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, grapefruits, and berries. Pectin and quercitin, as well as hesperidin and diosmin, are chemicals that make these citrus fruits outstanding agents of literal healing!
OTHER FOOD SOURCES: Red wine (one glass daily), bilberry, blueberries, purple grapes, feverfew (used by homeopathics to naturally treat headache), and ginko (believed to aid memory). For you scientic types, these are referred to as “proanthocyanidins” .
Green tea and soy, – an isoflavone containing chemical elements genistein, deidzien, and glycitein, have been known to create calm and (in the case of soy), even alleviate hot flashes in menopausal women.
These are diseases that have been known to respond to bioflavonoids:
High blood cholesterol
The growth of cancer cells is inhibited by a most powerful antioxidant called resveratrol. Elegic acid (found in strawberries and raspberries) prevents toxins from mutating genes, and is believed to block the development of cancer cells. Curcumin (source: cumin) blocks cancer-causing chemicals. Cinnimic acid (source: cinnamon) has anti-cancer properties, as well.
Foods containing the highest content in polyphenals (flavonoids) are fruits, vegetables, and spices.
Search the web for more on the topic of anti-oxidants and our health. Or, peruse a book or, two in the health section of your local Barnes & Noble or healthfood store. It should be an eye opening experience and one that medical doctors( – some of them, at least) and the pharmaceutical companies would rather you did not have!