What are flavonoids exactly?

Flavonoids is a group of naturally occurring compounds with different phenolic features found in fruits and vegetables.

What foods are they found in?

  • Soybeans
  • Leafy veggies
  • Apples
  • Tomatoes
  • Peaches
  • Onions
  • Citrus fruits
  • Berries

What are the health benefits? what is it good for in particular?

Can relieve inflammation and chronic pain

Several medical reviews evaluated the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties of flavonoids. Results indicate that they lower cellular reaction to pain, and can medically mitigate inflammatory illnesses and chronic pain.

Can manage viral infections

Flavonoids contain antiviral and antibacterial features. Even laboratory tests suggest that they can alter cell replication of HIV and Flu viruses. Some studies also indicate that flavonoids can attack viruses and act as preventive measures.

Can prevent cancer

Studies show that flavonoids have antioxidant traits that can attack colorectal, prostate, and breast cancers. Varied flavonoids have shown to reduce the risk in specific cancer types. For instance, anthocyanidins protect against lung cancer. That is why I usually advise my clients to eat various sources of flavonoids to gain more protection.

Anastasia Filipenko

Anastasia Filipenko is a health and wellness psychologist, dermatolist and a freelance writer. She frequently covers beauty and skincare, food trends and nutrition, health and fitness and relationships. When she's not trying out new skincare products, you'll find her taking a cycling class, doing yoga, reading in the park, or trying a new recipe.

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