Flavonoids: Getting Enough Vitamin P

October 1, 2010

Rich in Flavonoids

Flavonoids, or Vitamin P as they are collectively called, are found in plants and are sometimes responsible for the bright color of flower petals. There are many varieties of flavonoids, most of which contain ketones.

Ketones are an important tool for your brain’s activities, and play a role in prevention of neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s. They also play a role in metabolism, making it run more efficiently and decreasing free radical production. Ketones can become an energy source when needed. When ketones are a primary energy source (as in a diet high in fruits and vegetables) your brain and heart function better.

Flavonoids are a wonderfood, and collectively may have the following benefits:

  • Anti-allergic effects
  • anti-inflammatory (antioxidant) effects
  • May cause the destruction of mutagenic and carcinogenic cells
    • Reducing the risk of Cancer
  • May reduce chances of  Heart Disease
  • Bacteriacidal

Flavonoids can be found in:

  • Fruits (especially citrus)
  • Veggies
  • Tea
  • Soy
  • Red Wine
  • Hops

Be sparing with your consumption of soy, wine, and hops-filled beer as there may be other, adverse health effects associated with their consumption. In some cases, cooking vegetables may be a better way to release and absorb flavonoids.

If you want to increase your consumption of flavonoids, make sure to choose a supplement that prioritizes bioavailability, as many mass market flavonoid products contain a version that has a very low gut-absorption rate and ends up passed as waste with no benefit.

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