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Bioflavonoids and a Plant-Based Diet

By Marni Wasserman

Although phytonutrients come in many forms, bioflavonoids (sometimes they’re just called flavonoids) are extra important because they’re among the most powerful.

What bioflavonoids are and what they do

Bioflavonoids are plant pigments that give color to many fruits and flowers, and they’re sometimes referred to as “vitamin P.” They’re the water-soluble companion to ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C). As a result, they’re easily absorbed through the intestines. Although some are stored in the body, most excess is eliminated via perspiration and urine.

Flavonoids act as antioxidants, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and even cancer preventives. Another wonderful benefit is that they maintain the health of collagen, a protein that strengthens and protects various bodily structures (such as skin, smooth muscle, blood vessels, organs, hair, nails, bone, and cartilage).

Where to find bioflavonoids

Because flavonoids are so foundational to plant life, they’re easily available. You needn’t make any special trips to special stores; you only need to make sure you have a nice supply of fresh fruits and veggies at all times. Here’s a little list of the more flavonoid-laden foods to get you started:

  • Apricots

  • Blackberries

  • Black currants

  • Broccoli

  • Buckwheat

  • Cherries

  • Citrus fruits

  • Dark chocolate

  • Grapes

  • Green bell peppers

  • Papayas

  • Rose hips

  • Tomatoes