Read this wonderful article about cardio vascular health versus bioflavnoids in fruits by very prominent alternate health specialists from Ukraine Julia Karmalit and Ihor Miednyi
What are the Bioflavonoids?
Scientists have found that bioflavonoids have specific capabilities to increase bodily health in many different ways. They support strong cell formations and, according to some medical services, even suppress poor cellular growth in order to deliver an anti-carcinogenic effect. Bioflavonoids contribute to good heart health, and combat atherosclerosis, as well as conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. Bioflavonoids are found in many of the same foods that contain vitamin C, an essential nutrient for the daily diet, and these super antioxidants complement vitamin C, enhancing its effect on the body.
They are the natural pigments in fruits and vegetables. Bioflavonoids are also referred to as “vitamin P”, are super-antioxidants found in many natural foods. New scientific researches found that bioflavonoids help maintain capillaries. Capillaries are microscopic blood vessels that allow the oxygen, hormones, nutrients, and antibodies to pass from the body's bloodstream to individual cells (body organs). If a capillary's walls are too fragile they will allow blood to drain out of the vessels and into the cells. The result of this is easy bruising, brain and retinal hemorrhages, bleeding gums and other abnormalities.
Bioflavonoids in recent studies also have been shown to help the blood clot, this alone can be helpful in treating phlebitis and other clotting disorders. Many bioflavonoids prevent the cellular damage caused by free radicals; these are unstable molecules that are formed when the body burns oxygen.
Today 40 % of people in the world suffer from anemia. The reason lies in the diet. Unbalanced food is a global problem of modern society.
Nowadays, a person needs rather less than 3000 kcal /day to cover energy costs, whereas only 50-100 years ago energy consumption was 6000 kcal, so now it is sufficient 2 times less food to cover the energy.
Modern food provides our energy consumption, but it does not provide our body with essential vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, other micronutrients that are of very small amounts in today’s food.
At the beginning of XX century an important vitamin C was discovered.
A little later in plant foods bioflavonoids (plant polyphenols) were discovered.
It was found that these substances enhance the action of vitamin C, and without them it is ineffective. But the main thing is that these substances reduce the permeability and capillary fragility. Thus, vitamin P got his name from the Latin. Permeability.
It is said that: "The age of a man - it is the age of his capillaries".
Of course, this statement is too categorical. Yet it is a a need of correct understanding of the importance of the capillary system to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
It is believed that the system of blood vessels is a set of arteries and veins in which the heart pumps blood. This view is generally correct, but at the same time deeply flawed. Figuratively speaking, the arteries and veins - are just pipes of different diameters by which the blood flows. With regard to the capillaries, which bind them into a single circulatory system. It is a hundred thousands of kilometers of health with the area of more than 6000 square meters This is the length of the capillaries in the human body, in fact it is a huge endocrine system. Near 30-50% of our blood flows in capillaries and if they narrow the blood goes to veins and arteries which leads to the raising of the arterial pressure.
Violations in the capillary network is the main cause of almost any disease process. They are the basis of heart disease, metabolic disturbances, lead to stagnation processes, coronary artery disease, heart attacks, strokes, etc.
Heart pumps blood, arteries and veins pass it in the right direction, but the capillaries provide the normal functioning of cells, including heart muscle.
Capillaries are tiny blood vessels in it, permeates all of our tissues and organs.
They supply the cells with oxygen and nutrients, remove waste products from them. It is on the border of the cell and the capillary the metabolism takes place.
Capillaries consist of only one layer of cells that are "glued" by elastic fiber protein called collagen. For its reproduction sulphur and vitamin C is required, which also requires "helpers" in the form of bioflavonoids.
A prominent Russian biologist, zoologist and protozoologist, best remembered for his pioneering research into the immune system Élie Metchnikoff, who received theNobel Prize in Medicine in 1908, shared with Paul Ehrlich, for his work on phagocytosis. He is also credited by some sources with coining the term gerontology in 1903, for the emerging study of aging and longevity.
So, once Élie Metchnikoff was attracted by some of the products that are produced in the gut with the decay of proteins. It turned out that the failure of self-purification system leads to their accumulation and self-poisoning (toxicity) of the body, causing changes in respiratory system, heart rate changes, convulsive reaction etc.
The environmental situation is deteriorating with each passing year. Chemical hazards has become an important factor in human ecology.We are not talking about acute poisoning, but a permanent chemical stimuli.. Each day with food, water and air our body consumes foreign substances (xenobiotics), which are not used in the normal processes of life. These are flavors or preservatives, synthetic drugs and dyes, exhaust fumes, tobacco smoke etc.
Bioflavonoids help us by reducing the permeability of capillaries, so bioflavonoids impede these chemical substances distribution and access into our vital body organs. Increasing hazard on our body systems requires regular cleansing and increased intake of bioflavonoids, especially children, because they are most exposed to various unfavorable factors.