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Flavonoid: What are they and why are they good for you?

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Flavonoid: What are they and why are they good for you?
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When you hear complicated health or nutrition terms, you’d be forgiven for raising an eyebrow.  However they simply describe the active ingredients found in foods that are good for our cells!  Often unrecognized they are excellent for our heart and our skin and can play a part in controlling our cholesterol and blood sugar levels.  As is often the case you can find these elements in food supplements like Cappilar but it is also easy to find these elements in certain types of food.  If this has sparked your curiosity, discover which foods contain these essential elements in the list below. 

What are flavonoids?

They are called many different things from bioflavonoids, flavonoids or even Vitamin P.  In fact there are 5000 different types of flavonoids that exist.  You can often tell that a food product contains flavonoids thanks to it’s bright colour.  The more the fruit or vegetables contains the brighter their colour.  They are often found in foods rich in vitamin C.  These compound prevent the vitamin from breaking down in our body meaning we can make the most of it’s benefits.

This powerful antioxidant protects cells and has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and neurons protecting properties. They are useful for those who suffer from diabetes, thrombosis, allergies, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, hypertension or hepatitis and even have anti-cancer properties.

Here are 10 foods that contain a lot :

Tea

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You can find these elements in all teas as long as they are not altered with flavourings.  Altered teas are less rich in this active ingredient.  Choose instead pure white, black or green tea to get your dose.  You can also find it in coffee!

Olive oil

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Choose a lovely cold-pressed olive oil.  As well as containing bioflavonoids, this oil has mono-unsaturated fatty acids that are very good for our health and it’s flavour always entices us to use it in the kitchen.  The only downside is it is high in calories so you have to watch how much you take.

Apples

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If you are looking for fiber, vitamins, minerals and flavonoids you should look no further than an apple!  It can reduce your chances of suffering from cardio vascular problems and can also play a part in reducing the risk of developing cancer.

Garlic

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Thanks to the flavonoid and sulphur compounds in garlic this useful ingredient is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral. It can combat bad cholesterol and cardiovascular illnesses.

Onions

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Onions are a major dietary source of flavonoids.  Studies have shown that these elements might protect us against chronic health conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Dark chocolate

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Dark chocolate  is an excellent antioxidant and is anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory.  It can help reduce the risk of suffering from some cardio illnesses and takes care of our cognitive functions.  I can even prevent type 2 diabetes.  However no all chocolate is as good for your health!

Summer fruits (Strawberries, Brambles, Blueberries, Raspberries)

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These antioxidant fruits full of goodness have no other comparison.  They are perfect at combating aging skin and helping to prevent cancer.  Many studies agree that they are also good for combating memory problems.

Grapes and wine (Very moderately)

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We all know that a small glass of red wine is meant to be useful in preventing cardiovascular illnesses and that is thanks to the flavonoids it contains.  You can now have a glass of wine every now and again as long as it is in moderation!

Spinach

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Green vegetables have high levels of vitamin P.  They are antioxidant and also anti-inflammatory.  This is the case for rocket but also for spinach which is improving your sight and reducing the risk of tumors.

Broccoli

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This green vegetable is excellent at preventing lung cancer.  According to a 2013 study the sulphoraphane that broccoli contains is great for helping those that suffer from arthritis.

As well as in these vegetables mentioned above, you can also find these elements in some plants:  absinthe (herbal infusion), artichokes, peppermint, fenugreek, lime blossom, passionflower, white cutthroat or ginkgo.

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