Vitamin P (Bioflavonoids, bioavailable, flavonoids) are a class of water-soluble plant pigments with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiallergenic, antiviral, and anti-carcinogenic properties. This is the collective name given to rutin, hesperidin and quercetin and a range of other naturally occurring compounds including the oligomeric pro-cyanidins found in red wine.
Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that scavenge the harmful free radicals that damage our cells, and that alter genetic DNA, accelerate the aging process, and contribute to development of many diseases.
Vitamin P (Bioflavonoids) maintains the resistance of cell and capillary walls to permeation, prevents bruising, and intensify the effect of vitamin C in the body, helps hemorrhages and ruptures in the capillaries and connective tissues and builds a protective barrier against infections. Provides natural antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties. The human body cannot produce bioflavonoids, so they must be supplied in the diet.
Benefits of Vitamin P(Bioflavonoids)
- Bioflavonoids together with Vitamin C, maintain the health of the thin walls of the small blood vessels known as capillaries, preventing bruising and bleeding, including excessive menstrual loss.
- Rutin can be used to treat chronic venous insufficiency (condition in which blood drains inadequately from a body part), glaucoma, hay fever, hemorrhoids, varicose veins , poor circulation, oral herpes, cirrhosis, stress, low serum calcium, and for cataracts.
- Hesperidin is useful in treating the complaints of menopause and in dealing with the viruses that cause herpes, the flu, and certain respiratory ailments. Hesperidin fights allergic reactions by blocking the release of histamine.
- It can help reduce the inflammation that results from hay fever , allergies, bursitis, gout, arthritis, and asthma.
- Quercetin : this is the most abundant and active of the flavonoids, and is a strong antioxidant. It is a major contributor to the medicinal activity of plants. Research indicates that quercetin has anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and powerful anti-cancer properties.
Deficiency of vitamin P(Bioflavonoids)
If a diet contains enough fruit and vegetables, bioflavonoids should not be deficient, but deficiency would show up as bruising. Where antioxidants are indicated and none present bioflavonoids could be of help, as well as iron deficiency, since it helps with the absorption of iron.
- excessive swelling after injury, such as sports injuries
- frequent nose bleeds
- hemorrhoids or varicose veins
- weak immune system, resulting in frequent colds or infections
Vitamin P Food sources:
white material just beneath the peel of citrus fruits · celery · garlic · red onions · broccoli. buckwheat · dry beans such as red beans, black beans, pinto beans · fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, apples, apricots, blackcurrants, cherries, grapefruit, grapes, guavas, lemons, oranges, papaya, pears, prunes · herbs such as bilberry, hawthorn, ginkgo, licorice, pine bark, rose hips, yarrow and milk thistle · green tea · red wine · parsley · peppers · romaine lettuce · tomatoes · brassica (or crucifer) vegetables such as Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, cress, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, pak choi, swedes, turnips.
- Vitamin C : One of the essential nutrients that is required for optimum growth and development. (blissreturned.wordpress.com)
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- PABA (Para-aminobenzoic acid) : The Vitamin that functions in the breakdown and utilization of proteins and in the formation of blood cells. (blissreturned.wordpress.com)