Bioflavonoids (vitamin P)
Vitamin P or bioflavonoid also goes by the name of bioavailable flavonoids. These are class derivatives which are water soluble plant pigments they also have anti-oxidants, anti-allergenic, anti-carcinogenic and anti-viral properties. These flavonoids have various names like rutin, quercetin, hesperidins etc and apart from these there are many naturally occurring compounds which include oligomeric pro-cyanidins which can be found in wines especially in red wine etc.
Bioflavonoids are basically not true vitamins though they are referred as one for e.g. Vitamin P. Their main function is to help in the absorption of vitamin C and this can be done so only if both of these are taken at the same time. Bioflavonoid is not produced in the human body and thus they need to be supplemented through diet or through diet pills.
As mentioned above bioflavonoid has various useful properties like anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-allergenic and anti-carcinogenic etc. Bioflavonoid like Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E all have anti-oxidant properties. These anti-oxidants are known to rid the body of the free radicals and all the toxic by-products due to the chemical reaction in the body where these toxins are produced in the body.
Free radicals enter the body through the exposure of pollution, exercises, smoking and other factors. Bioflavonoid finds their usefulness in Vitamin C as they are known to enhance the absorption of the food stuff. The maximum benefit of bioflavonoid is their usefulness in the breakdown of the food stuff in the body.
What are the benefits of the bioflavonoid?
Bioflavonoid also have other properties like they have anti-bacterial properties, help in enhancing the proper circulation of blood, also help in stimulating the production of bile juice, helps lower the cholesterol level in the body, helps in the treatment and prevention of cataracts.
Together with vitamin C these bioflavonoid preserve as well as protect the cell structure of the blood vessels. These are effective in treating injuries caused due to sports and also help relieve pain. As pain relievers they help in relieving the pain in the leg, back, neck etc. Apart from this they are useful to stop the prolonged bleeding in the body.
Rutin another bioflavonoid is used to treat various ailments like chronic venous ailments, glaucoma, hemorrhoids, hay fever, problems due to varicose veins, poor blood circulation, stress, oral herpes, cataracts etc.
Anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins are used to treat different kinds of eye problems like cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, night blindness, macular degeneration which is a hereditary condition wherein there is a loss of vision etc.
Hesperidins is useful in treating problems related to menopause and helps in treating respiratory ailments, herpes which is caused due to viruses, helps in treating allergic by blocking histamine from being released in the body.
Quercetin helps in reducing the inflammation due to hay fever, bursitis, allergies, asthma, gout etc. Catechins and tannins help reduce inflammation while Kaempferols helps in the detoxification of the liver and helps in strengthening the blood vessels.
Bioflavonoid are found in green tea, grapefruit seeds, red wine, berries etc. Citrus flavonoids are found in citrus fruits, rutin is found in buckwheat, green tea etc. Anthocyanidins is found in bilberry, naringenin in grapefruit, oligomeric proanthocyanidins in grape seeds and quercetin is available in onions, apples and tea.