Benefits: Anti-oxidant, prevents bruising, increases effectiveness of vitamin C, helps to control inflammation, maintains healthy blood vessels, aids the body in iron absorption.
Good food sources: Citrus fruits, green peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, fruit, herb tea (especially stinging nettle tea), purple grapes, berries.
Cautions: Notify doctor of supplement use before undergoing surgery. May interfere with the results of some diagnostic blood and urine tests.
Substance interactions: None known.
Signs of toxicity: Diarrhea.
* Increasing intake of bioflavinoids, which are chemical compounds
related to vitamin C, has been shown in studies to help prevent
heart disease as well as reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.
* Bioflavinoids helpful in the treatment of allergies, cataracts,
and heart disease.
* If suffering from cold sores, take 1000 mg each of vitamin C
and bioflavinoids as soon as you feel one coming on. The following
three days, take 500 mg three times per day and the cold sore may
not even appear. As a preventative measure, take vitamin C with
added bioflavinoids daily and the number of cold sores you get
* Taking both vitamin C (1000 mg) and bioflavinoids
(800 mg) may help to relieve menstrual problems, specifically
heavy bleeding and the loss of iron from the body.
* Bioflavinoids strengthen capillary walls by helping the body
to manufacture collagen and elastin. Stronger veins will aid in
the treatment of varicose veins and spider veins, which are the
small capillaries that have broken down. Hemorrhoids may even be
prevented with the addition of bioflavinoids in the diet.