What are flavonoids?
And why are they interesting?

 

Flavonoid Info Homepage

Role of flavonoids
in health

Sources of
flavonoids

Research
results
Flavomail

 

 

 

Different subclasses
of flavonoids
  Flavonols
  Flavones
  Flavanones
  Catechins
  
(proantho-
   cyanidins)
  Anthocyanins
  Isoflavones
  References

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flavonoids are polyphenolic compounds present in vegetables, fruits, berries and beverages such as tea, red wine and fruit juices, having  similar effects as antioxidants. Especially green vegetables, onions, apples, berries and tea are rich sources of  flavonoids. Actually, ‘flavonoids’ form  a group of many different compounds of which more than 5000 have been currently characterised. Flavonoids can be classified into several subclasses according to their chemical structure. For further familiarising yourself with the different flavonoid groups, click on the table to the left of this page.
 

The health effects of flavonoids have been intensively investigated for the last ten years. It has been proposed that flavonoids may protect against damage in blood vessels, thus decreasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. In addition, they may have a role in cancer prevention and enhancement of the immune system of the body. Click here for more information about the potential health effects of flavonoids.
 

Currently there are no recommendations on  the  intake of flavonoids, like there is for example for vitamins and minerals. More research is needed for creating the recommendations. At the moment it is suggested to eat vegetables, fruit and berries plentifully to ensure your flavonoid intake and optimal health!

 


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