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Newsletter 20 – Citrus Bioflavonoids

Newsletter 20 – Citrus Bioflavonoids

What is it?

Bioflavonoids are the chemical compounds that give plants, fruits, and vegetables their bright and vibrant colors. Citrus flavonoids are those that give the citrus fruits their characteristic red to yellow color. Though they are pigment compounds, flavonoids have been shown to be highly antioxidative as well.

Citrus Bioflavonoid Extract is made from the rind and peel of the citrus fruit, so it contains a vast number of different flavonoids that can act in different ways to fight free radicals in the body.


How does it help?

The main action of bioflavonoids are as antioxidants. Antioxidants are species with extra electrons that can donate an electron to a radical species. This ‘neutralizes’ the radical and prevents it from performing harmful reactions in your cells. The antioxidants found in citrus fruits (including hesperidin, rutin, naringin, and quercetin) work synergistically with vitamin C to fight free radicals. The antioxidative property of these flavonoids have been shown to particularly have anti-inflammatory and anti cancer effects on the body.

In addition to their anti-inflammatory and cancer preventative properties, citrus bioflavonoids work to strengthen blood vessels and veins, and to reduce capillary fragility. This is particularly helpful for those with varicose veins or poor circulation.

Because citrus bioflavonoids require vitamin C and vitamin c requires bioflavonoids to function properly, citrus extract can also help to promote a healthy immune system. OptiHealth Products OPCXtra contains Citrus Extract Bioflavonoids as well as vitamin C, allowing the antioxidants to function optimally and to provide you with the best of health.


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