Bioflavonoids are polyphenolic compounds that can be found in plants, most abundantly in vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables. Studies have shown bioflavonoids support strong cell growth and deliver an anti-carcinogenic effect. More study is needed, but current research suggests that bioflavonoids may help promote cardiovascular health, as well as potentially offer protection from neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Relatively high intake of flavonoid-rich foods and beverages has also been suggested to improve the processes that take place within the blood vessels (vascular endothelial), in the short-term at least. It is possible, but not yet proven, that these short-term improvements may help in the long-term by reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. When it comes to reducing the risk of cancer, consumption of flavonoid-rich foods may be helpful - but again, more study is needed. Bioflavonoids contain anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and metal-chelating properties, making bioflavonoid-rich foods a prime candidate for studies aimed at learning more about processes and function of the brain. Overall, whether it's because of the bioflavonoids, other nutrients, or a combination of all of their nutritious goodies, maintaining a rich diet that includes a variety of vegetables, fruits and legumes will undoubtedly help your body protect itself against disease. Additionally, you can supply your body with bioflavonoids from tea, red wine and soy.
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