Flavonoids rich foods

Flavonoids are thousands of different substances found in virtually all plants. These substances are responsible for the pigmentation or colors of the plants that have those wonderful hues of orange, yellow, red and dark green. Flavonoids are classified as plant pigments and they were discovered in 1938 by a Hungarian scientist named Albert Szent-Gyorgyi who used the term “vitamin P” to describe them.

The chemistry of falconoid can be very complicated and they are grouped as flavonols, dihydroflavonols, flavones, isoflavones, flavanones, anthocyanins, and anthocyanidins. There are hundreds, and sometimes thousands of different falconoid in these groups.

However, all falconoid work as antioxidants and have excellent benefits for the human body. One of their main functions is to protect our cells from damage by toxins and other pollutants in the environment that are harmful. These substances are grouped into what is called free radicals. Free radicals cause damage, disease, and aging to our bodies at the cellular level.

Another very important function of falconoid is to work in conjunction with Vitamin C so that it can perform its work properly. We all know how important Vitamin C is to the human body for healing and to keep our immune system in order. Flavonoids work to support Vitamin C in its work. Vitamin C supports the falconoid in much the same manner allowing the falconoid to work in peak capacity as an antioxidant.

Flavonoids have also been shown to work as natural antibiotics and anti-inflammatory agents. They have been helpful in increasing resistance against viral illness. A recent study showed that the regular ingestion of vegetables that were high in falconoid content increased resistance to the ravages of both herpes simplex and HIV. Flavonoids have been shown to reduce inflammation in conditions such as arthritis.

Some of the foods that are very high in falconoid content include tomatoes. Tomatoes are very high in Vitamin C. They also contain high levels of lycopene which is a falconoid. Lycopene has been shown to be very beneficial in reducing the risk of cancer of the prostate, cervix, the lungs and other cancers. Tomatoes are a large ingredient in the Mediterranean Diet which has been shown to reduce the chances of both heart and cardiovascular disease.

Spinach and carrots are both highly pigmented vegetables and are full of Vitamin C as well as beta-carotene and folic acid. Beta-carotene is extremely important in eye health. Folic acid has been shown to be very important in preventing neural tube defects in the unborn fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy. Other studies have shown that regular ingestion of spinach or other foods high in beta-carotene can be beneficial in preventing cancer.

Strawberries, blueberries and grapes are all very high in falconoid content. They are very beneficial in preventing premature aging and have been shown to be helpful in promoting cardiovascular health as well as the prevention in certain cancers. Deeply pigmented berries such as blackberries, blueberries, and grapes have been shown to be very helpful in improving circulation of the bloodstream. They have also done studies that show that these berries have been proven to be beneficial in improving the memory and cognition which are helpful in aging.

Flavonoids are present in all vegetables and fruits that are deeply pigmented. That would include all the red, yellow, orange, and dark green vegetables and fruits. These should be included in everyone’s diet on a daily basis. The USDA recommends that we get at least four to five servings of vegetables or fruits per day. In order to get the maximum benefit of the falconoid content, the fruits and vegetables should be consumed raw or they should be cooked as little as possible. Eating foods that contain falconoid content help us to prevent future disease and help us to stay as healthy as we possibly can.

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