What is a Bioflavonoid?
- Resveratrol is the bioflavonoid in the skin of red grapes.
- Sulforaphane is the bioflavonoid found in many cruciferous vegetables, such as such as cabbage, cauliflower, bok choy, and broccoli (think green leaf vegetables).
- Anthocyanosides are the bioflavonoids you’ll find in blueberries.
- Quercetin is the bioflavonoid found in citrus fruit, buckwheat, and onions.
But what do bioflavonoids do for me?
What makes bioflavonoids a particularly hot topic in the health community though is that scientific studies indicate that some types of bioflavonoids show the potential to be used to treat certain medical conditions and diseases. This health benefit of bioflavonoids is worth looking at more closely.
For example, the bioflavonoid quercetin is being widely studied for several reasons:
- A 1989 study showed that the quercetin can block the replication process of retroviruses.
- 2013 quercetin research from the University of Maryland showed this bioflavonoid to be effective as a bronchodilator – good news for asthmatics – and can have an antihistamine effect as well.
- A 2006 study showed quercetin as an effective means of fighting conditions of fibromyalgia, likely due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
How can I get more bioflavonoids in my diet?
- Any citrus fruit or berry
- Ginkgo biloba
- Red onion
- Red wine
- White and green tea
For example, let’s say you want to increase your intake of the bioflavonoid betanin. The site lists as one example of food sources for betanin red and purple grapes. Just follow the grapes link on the page, and you’re presented with several grape recipes.
Any bioflavonoid health risks?
Use common sense to be safe in your addition of bioflavonoids to your diet; if you sense health issues arising after boosting your flavonoid intake with a certain plant food, then your body is likely telling you to discard that dietary change.