Health Glossary - For Everyone

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What are bioflavonoids?

Bioflavonoids (or flavonoids - the two terms can be used interchangeable) are the different types of plant pigments that are responsible for the colours of many fruits and vegetables.

The bioflavonoids in fruits, vegetables and other plants are produced by the plant to protect them from attacks by insects, bacteria/fungus or bacteria.

Bioflavonoids are semi-essential nutrients, which means it is preferable to have an intake of these nutrients each day from the diet.

Bioflavonoids have an amazingly potent antioxidant effect on the body cells to reduce the effects of free radicals (and prevent ill health), even more so than the other more better-known antioxidants (vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, zinc).


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Important bioflavonoids facts

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Why bioflavonoids are important

Bioflavonoids are referred to as "nature's biological response modifiers" because they can modify the body's reaction to allergens, viruses, and even carcinogenic substances.

There are four main types of bioflavonoids, which each have a different type of protective effect on the body:

Bioflavonoids are useful for promoting good health because they have anti-mutagenic, anti-carcinogenic, anti-ageing properties, as well as promoting structure and function in the circulatory system.


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Last reviewed: 14 January 2007 || Last updated: 21 August 2007


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NOTE: Mega doses of any type of vitamin, mineral, amino acid or herbal supplement cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of complementary supplements.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.


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