The Health Benefits of Flavonoids
FACT : Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits. Diets rich in flavonoid-containing foods are being associated with preventing: cancer, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular disease.
Flavonoids have a wide range of biological and pharmacological attributes.
They possess anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-microbial (antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral), anti-cancer, cardio protection, anti-diabetes, hepatoprotection, neuroprotection, anti-tumour, and dermatoprotection qualities.
Raisin Tree™ contains four bioactive flavonoids (ampelopsin, taxifolin, myricetin and quercetin).
- Ampelopsin, also known as dihydromyricetin delivers multiple pharmacological functions including anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative and anti-cancer functions.
- Taxifolin (dihydroquercetin) has virile biological activities that can act against certain cancers. Taxifolin is able to prevent the growth and spread of cancer cells.
- Myricetin displays actions that are related to the central nervous system. Numerous studies have suggested that the compound may be beneficial to protect against diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
- Quercetin has the ability to modulate and modify immune system responses. Quercetin is a more powerful antioxidant than vitamin C, vitamin E, or beta carotene. It has been identified as being able to help fight off viruses, such as: adenovirus, herpes simplex virus, Japanese encephalitis, respiratory syncytial virus. It also contains anti-allergy properties that might help treat bronchitis and asthma.
Quercetin shows promise in both the treatment and prevention of prostate cancer and it has also shown to be effective at preventing components that contribute to forming blood clots that can lead to strokes and other problems associated with heart disease.
The Flavonoid Effect
Flavonoid consumption has been significantly associated with longevity. Research suggests flavonoid consumption could account for 25 percent of the observed difference in mortality rates from coronary heart disease and cancer. Scientists already have some proof that antioxidants protect against and even reverse the cognitive declines seen from aging.
Flavonoids may also increase blood flow to the brain, improving cognitive function. A studies have found that elderly men and women with higher flavonoid intake had better cognitive performance at the start of the study and significantly less age-related cognitive decline over the next 10 years than those with lower flavonoid intake.
Flavonoids are associated with inflammation and weight loss. Flavonoid content can relieve inflammation and decrease the levels of an appetite-suppressing hormone, leptin.
Flavonoids are associated with cardiovascular disease prevention. Flavonoids may lower the risk of atherosclerosis by protecting Low-Density Lipoproteins cholesterol from free radical damage while also improving the quality of blood vessel walls.
Higher flavonoid intake levels can lead to lowered cardiovascular disease risk across various groups, including postmenopausal women, male smokers and middle-age men and women.
Upper Respiratory Tract Infections and Immune Function
Flavonoids can influence the intestinal immune system and regulate the strength and the pattern of the immune response in patients with chronic intestinal inflammation.
A study found that among men with type 2 diabetes, adding a flavonoid-rich spice mix to hamburger meat significantly improved their vascular function during subsequent hours.
The British Journal of Cancer found that women with higher levels of flavone intake were at a lower risk for developing breast cancer.
Neurodegenerative disease prevention
Flavonoids may help protect against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. A large-scale study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology found that among elderly men and women, those with the highest levels of flavonoids had a 50 percent lower risk of developing dementia over the next five years than those with the lowest levels of flavonoid intake.
Raisin Tree™ encourages you to research the undisputable benefits of flavonoid use for yourself.