Bioflavonoids is the name given to a family of coloured compounds found in plants (in particular the skins of fruit and vegetables and the bark of certain trees). This is the collective name given to rutin, hesperidin and quercetin and a range of other naturally occurring compounds including the oligomeric pro-cyanidins found in red wine. Bioflavonoids are often used in Vitamin C formulas because they enhance the absorption and action of this vitamin. Bioflavanoids taken in combination are often more effective than when used alone.
Bioflavonoids are used by the body to help strengthen and reduce the permeability of blood vessel walls. They may help fight infection and promote the production of collagen, which is used in the production of skin tissue. Bioflavonoids work with Vitamin C and help to protect this vitamin against oxidation. In the body they also act as antioxidants and help to reduce inflammation. Bioflavonoids promote the non-specific actions of the immune system.
Always consult your Health Professional to advise you on dosages and any possible medical interactions.Bioflavonoids helps to maintain healthy blood vessels and may be useful for people with varicose veins, nosebleeds, bleeding gums, haemorrhoids, bruising, or anaemia by promoting iron absorption.
Lack of Bioflavonoids may result in a tendency to bruise and bleed easily and increases the susceptibility of the body to infection. Deficiency may be associated with fragile capillaries, diminished vitamin C activity or purple or blue spots on the skin.
SOURCESSkins of fruits and vegetables, citrus fruits, buckwheat, whole grains and peas and beans, green growing shoots of all plants. Many medicinal plants contain Bioflavonoids such as ginkgo biloba, hawthorn and Chinese scullcap. There may be some losses during cooking and processing.