Monthly Archives: September 2008

Why Bioflavonoids?

 ~ written by Katolen Yardley, MNIMH, Medical Herbalist

During winter months it is common for people to begin using their Vitamin C supplement for both cold and flu prevention and to enhance immune system function.

Unbeknownst to many, bioflavonoids taken together with Vitamin C actually enhance the absorption of the Vitamin C supplement, increasing its benefit to the body. Bioflavonoids, also known as Vitamin P, are used to enhance the absorption and therapeutic effects of Vitamin C. Some types of Bioflavonoids include quercetin, rutin and hesperetin. Not supplied by the body, we must obtain the benefits of these nutrients from the foods that we eat and through nutritional supplements.

Bioflavonoids work together with Vitamin C to:

  • Strengthen the walls of blood vessels and capillaries.
  • Help to prevent and minimize bruising.
  • Help treat varicose veins and promote circulation.
  • Enhances white blood cells response to Vitamin C, ¬†offering increased resistance to infection, and enhancing Vitamin C’s anti viral and anti bacterial effects in the body.
  • Help to prevent vision problems associated with intraocular pressure and assist in cataract prevention.
  • Help to treat gum disease, heal swollen bleeding gums and retard plaque buildup.
  • Strengthens the collagen structures in the arteries, helps to lower total cholesterol levels and raise HDL (healthy) cholesterol levels.

Bioflavonoids are found in peppers, buckwheat, apricots, the white rind inside of the peel of citrus fruits, berries, rosehips, blueberries, grapefruits, watercress, kale, elderberries, paprika, garlic and onions. Ensure that your choice of Vitamin C, contains bioflavonoids (as many excellent quality supplements, combine them together) or take an extra supplement of mixed bioflavonoids with your vitamin C to enhance the absorption.