What are Flavonoids?

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What are flavonoids?

Basically, flavonoids are plant chemicals, also called phytonutrients.  They are found in almost all fruits and vegetables.  They are what cause the vivid colors of the fruits and vegetables.  There are over 6000 types of phytonutrients.

How do they help?

Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and support the immune system.

They may help with cancer prevention and the prevention of cardiovascular disease.  They may also help stop neurodegenerative disease.
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Onions, grapes, strawberries, brussel sprouts, citrus fruits, Kale, and many spices are a few examples of foods rich in flavonoids.

Other benefits of flavonoids in addition to the ones listed above include:

  • increased longevity
  • weight management
  • diabetes prevention

How do you take advantage of them?

If you want the full benefits of the flavonoids in the foods you eat, realize that both cooking and storing foods could reduce the flavonoids in the food.  Onions stored at room temperature could lose up to one-third of their flavonoids in just two weeks.  Cooking can reduce flavonoid content also, possibly as much as 80 percent in some foods.

Hint:  If the color of the food is fading as you cook it, your food is losing phytonutrients.

Flavonoids are also concentrated in the skins of some fruits and vegetables.  Perhaps peeling should be avoided where possible.

Chews-4-Health International has integrated foods rich in bioflavonoids into their chewable tablets that carry their company name, Chews-4-Health.  It’s a great-tasting nutritional supplement that is in the cutting edge of the nutritional supplement industry.  Click on the link or on the banner above to learn more.  And don’t forget to leave a comment if you wish.

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