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The Concept of a Bioflavonoid

   

A bioflavonoid can also be referred to as a flavanoid and can be broken down or divided into a few categories that can make it easier to understand what they are and what they are used for. However, not all researchers or scientists will divide them into the same categories, so the concepts might be altered slightly when you talk to someone else. These bioflavonoids can be divided into isoflavones, flavonols, flavans, flavones, flavanones and anthocyanidins. Some of the most popular flavonoids include quercetin and genistein are often considered subcategories of main categories, which illustrates the versatility and complex nature of these structures. Even though most of these bioflavanoids have similar structures, their functions and uses will differ quite extensively. They also include, but are in no way limited to, citrus flavonoids, rutin, hesperidin and various other supplements.

Many of these bioflavonoids will promote health in a variety of ways. They can strengthen capillaries as well as other connective tissues in a living organism's body. Some of them can also act as anti-inflammatory agents, anti-asthmatic agents and even antiviral agents. A common bioflavonoid, quercetin, can even have positive health effects for people with diabetes, which is an indication of the broad scope of the benefits of these structures. Blood vessels will be protected by flavonoids called rutin. Quercetin can also act as a successful antioxidant and will ultimately be able to inhibit bad cholesterol from causing any oxidative damage or destruction in the body. It thus acts as an agent for cleansing in the body and will make the body feel healthier, cleaner and refreshed. One can find bioflavonoids like anthocyanidins in bilberry, purple cabbage and in grapes and these help protect eyes from developing diseases and cataracts.

However, there are recommended dosages when it comes to the intake of bioflavonoids, which means you cannot just take in as much as you want. For example, any health professional will tell you that 1000 milligrams of flavonoids one to three times a day is sufficient in a supplement if you do not take in enough in your diet. You can also take approximately 400 milligrams of bilberry per day.

 

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