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Flavonoids are a subclass of phytochemicals, compounds that protect against conditions like cardiovascular disease, cancer and asthma. There are more than 4,000 unidentified flavonoids, many of which occur in colorful vegetables, fruits and beverages. It’s believed that these flavonoids can positively benefit your health with their antiviral, anti-allergy and antioxidant properties.
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How Flavonoids Work
Flavonoids have antioxidant-like capabilities that protect the body from the damaging effects of free radicals. Free radicals are produced naturally by the body, and when you exercise your body produces more of these free radicals. Outside factors such as pollution, job stress and cigarette smoke can also increase the production of free radicals. The problem: Free radical damage may lead to cancer. Flavonoids interfere with the production of free radicals and prevent these disease-causing substances from attaching to cells in the body. They can help reduce the risk of cancer, aging, atherosclerosis, inflammation, and even neurodegenerative disease like Parkinson’s.
Flavonoids and Athletic Performance
There are split views on the benefits of flavonoids in athletic performance. Recent studies have shown that flavonoids not only combat free radicals in the body, but that they may also be beneficial in promoting muscle growth, speeding up post-workout recovery and improving endurance.
A study published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism found that in a six-week program of antioxidant supplementation, 11 elite cyclists showed a significant improvement (3.1 percent) in time needed to complete a 30-kilometer time trial, including a two-percent improvement over the last five kilometers. In another study, published in the same journal, researchers at the University of Indiana found that chocolate milk (dark chocolate contains flavonoids) provided increased post-exercise recovery results for cyclists.
While it’s still unclear how flavonoids relate to athletic performance, it’s true that flavonoids are an important part of maintaining overall health. This in turn prepares the body better for training, improved recovery and increased energy. Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic support the use of flavonoids for their antioxidant powers, reduction of platelet activation, relaxation capabilities of blood vessels, and their possible affect on balancing hormone-like compounds that affect cardiovascular health.
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Antioxidants and high quality nutrition are very important for the body. In the case of the presence of free radicals and increased oxidative stress, antioxidant materials are extremely important. Daily stress, insufficient nutrition, and the presence of an excessive number of food additives in our foods (consistence improvers, emulsifiers, colouring agents, flavour enhancers) may jointly cause an abnormal increase in the number of free radicals in our body.
Smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol, unjustified medication, polluted air, water, and soil can make these conditions even worse. Cell, tissue, and organ damage caused by free radicals can be linked to the development of several diseases. The proper antioxidant supply of the body is very important, in which the intake of good quality and quantity dietary materials plays a significant part. In the case of increased oxidative stress, when burdened with an excessive amount of free radicals, antioxidant materials are strongly recommended.
Following the principle of “one antioxidant is not an antioxidant,” herbs, such as beetroot, sandthorn, blackcurrant, blueberry, pomegranate, blue grapes, etc. – important components of which are polyphenol compounds, flavonoids, anthocyanins and terpenes – play a more and more important part.
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