Bioflavonoids are also called flavonoids, giving the fruit and vegetables their bright orange/yellow colours. There are approx 4,000 types and they are members of the Polyphenol, or Phenolic family, compounds found in water-soluble vascular plants. Some of the different bioflavonoids include rutin, citrin, flavones, genestein, diadzein, hesperetin, hesperidin, quercetin and quercetrin.
They are powerful antioxidants which need to be obtained from the diet.
Bioflavonoids are essential for the absorption of Vitamin C. They act synergistically to protect and preserve the structure of capillaries, antibacterial effect, promote circulation, stimulate bile production, lower cholesterol levels, and may prevent cataracts. Bioflavonoids are also beneficial for athletic injuries (relieving pain, bumps & bruises), allergies, asthma, blood pressure, burns, capillary fragility, inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis.
When bioflavonoids are taken with Vitamin C they may reduce the symptoms of oral herpes.
Bioflavonoids in citrus fruits are found in the pith, the white part of the fruit just under the skin.
Edema, bruising, sprains, pain, nose bleeds, allergy, burns, infections, inflammations, viral infections, varicose veins, lymphedema, epilepsy, haemorrhoids, blood pressure, asthma, arthritis, cancer, radiotherapy, sinusitis, cataracts, colds, emphysema, fibrosis, muscular degeneration.
Antagonists: Some loss from processing and cooking.
Skins of fruit
Pith of citrus fruit
VegetablesGreen veggie shoots
Soy products (isoflavones)
OtherTea – green
Tea – black
Red wine (resveratrol)