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Bioflavonoids (Bioavailable flavonoids)

Bioflavonoids are found in almost every fruit and vegetable and are classified in groups. A group known as gallates are powerful antioxidants that prevent the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), thus reducing the risk of heart disease. Gallates originate from grape seeds and the tea plant Camellia sinensis (green tea).

Other groups, such as the bilberry-extracted anthocyanidins, protect the lens of the eye from cataracts. Proanthocyanidins help stabilize collagen structures–the fibrous protein found in all connective tissues. Hesperidin and rutin are proanthocyanidins that assist with capillary fragility and chronic venous insufficiency. Proanthocyanidins are commonly found in grape seeds, blueberries, blackberries, pine bark, green tea, and persimmons.

Extracted from the inner bark of black oak, quercitin is the most active of the flavonoids. It has anti-viral action and is effective in inflammatory and allergic conditions. Quercitin effectively blocks histamine degranulation and inhibits uric acid. It may also have an influence on diabetes by enhancing insulin secretion, protecting cells from free-radical damage, and inhibiting platelet aggregation.

Proanthocyanidins are effective in a broad range of functions. They increase vitamin C levels, clean up free radicals, decrease capillary permeability, and inhibit collagen destruction. It has been estimated that proanthocyanidins have approximately 50 times the anti-oxidant activity of vitamin C or vitamin E. Studies have shown cholesterol levels and arterial cholesterol deposits lessen as a result of this activity.

Unless a person consumes a large variety of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, bioflavonoid intake is likely to be inadequate. With such powerful nutritional properties, bioflavonoids complex is an important supplementation to your diet.

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