Understanding U

Flavanoids

Antioxidants, Anticancer, energy boosting dynamos.

Largest and most studied category of Phytochemicals, accounting for an estimated 6,000 of the tens of thousands of known phytochemicals.

Flavonoids subcategories include:

  1. Anthocyanidins: berries, grapes, wine
  2. Catechins: tea, cocoa, grape, apples
  3. Flavanols/Quercetin: onion and kale
  4. Eriodyctiol: citrus and fruits
  5. Isoflavones: soybeans and legumes

Flavonoids have broad-reaching effects on the body, including anti-allergic, antimicrobial and even estrogen modulating.

  • They are scavengers of cell-damaging free radicals; plus, they contain lesser-known compounds that act at the genetic level.
  • They are major reasons why epigenetics – the study of how nutrition impacts gene expression – is on the rise.
  • Two of the most widely studied Flavonoids that impact Metabolism are EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), found in green tea, and Curcumin from Turmeric.
  1. Luteolin: Parsley and Celery
    • Helps reduce inflammation
  2. EGCG: Green Tea
    • Helps regulate gene expression of adipose (fat) tissue and boost the activity of a key  coactivator (PGC-1a) that oxidizes fatty acids
  3. Anthocyanin: Blueberries, and other red, blue and purple berries; red radishes, and purple carrots
    • Helps halt natural cell death by preventing oxidation and promoting detoxifying enzymes research shows.
    • Activate a gene (NRF2) that turns on an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory response
  4. Curcumin: Turmeric
    • Helps fight infections, cancer, stomach ulcers and inflammation

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