Posted on by Paula Gallagher
Bioflavonoids are natural pigments that give plants their bright colors and are bursting with health benefits. Citrus bioflavonoids are mainly found in the edible pulp of citrus fruits, and they have many health promoting benefits.
Citrus bioflavonoids, including rutin and hesperidin , are part of a group that function synergistically with vitamin C to maintain healthy capillaries, encourage wound healing via the formation of collagen in connective tissue, and support a healthy immune system.
More and more research shows the benefits of citrus bioflavonoids. Here are some of those benefits.
Research has found that flavonoids prevent your body from producing free radicals, deactivate free radicals, and increase your body’s antioxidant defenses.
The antioxidant effects of bioflavonoids appear to be especially potent against allergic conditions. Research shows that flavonoids are effective against asthma, rhinitis and dermatitis. Free radicals cause oxidative stress, which in turn leads to allergic conditions. The antioxidant power of bioflavonoids may be able to stop the process of an allergic reaction at its root.
Scientists believe that certain neurological conditions, such as dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, may be caused by oxidative stress. Since bioflavonoids reduce oxidative stress throughout the body, these compounds may help in preventing or reducing symptoms of these neurological problems. Research indicates that bioflavonoids may reduce your risk of developing dementia. Other studies conclude that reducing oxidative stress protects your nervous system from damage, and antioxidants may even help your brain repair itself.
Scientists link coronary artery disease to oxidative stress and inflammation. Research has determined that bioflavonoids reduce mortality caused by cardiovascular diseases, which means that these powerful antioxidants help keep your heart, veins, and arteries safe and healthy. Research has also shown that bioflavonoids specifically reduce your risk of stroke by improving the blood flow to your brain, which makes it less likely that a blocked artery will deprive your brain of oxygen.
One of our new products, Pathway Citrus Bioflavonoid Complex, features a spectrum of powerful compounds including, eriocitrin, narirutin, naringen, hesperidin, diosmin, didymin and hesperitin. Check it out!
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