Flavonoids

Eat the rainbow! Eating colorful foods is a sure-fire way to easily support your body because it ensures that you get a wide variety of flavonoids. Colorful fruits and vegetables are a sign that they contain carotenoids and flavonoids - plant chemicals that serve as phytonutrients, which are beneficial for the health of the body and may prevent disease. Flavonoids are found in almost all fruits and vegetables and are responsible for their vivid colors. They are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits.

Benefits

Flavonoids can control inflammation and help our immunity simultaneously. Some flavonoid properties include:

  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-mutagenic
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-angiogenic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-allergic
  • Enzyme modulation
  • Immune modulation
  • Anti-cancer

Research to back this up! :
Flavonoids: An Overview
Immunomodulatory Effects of Flavonoids


Eat The Rainbow: Recommended Daily Amounts
Servings per day - 7 to 10
Serving size - 1 cup raw or ½ cup cooked
Ratio - 3:1 servings of veggies:fruit

My Favorite Key Flavonoids

Curcumin (turmeric)

  • Fresh turmeric is important. If your spice has been sitting in your cabinet for months, it will not be as effective as fresh turmeric.
  • Color is key. The darker and brighter color orange the better.
  • Properties : Anti-inflammatory, Anti-oxidant, Immune system regulator, Anti-cancer
  • Effects on Viruses : Inhibits Viral Entry, Inhibits Viral Replication, Downregulates the NLRP3 Inflammasone (a key inflammasone that activates inflammation during a COVID-19 sickness)

Quercetin

  • Found in primarily in onions (red) and apples, but also leafy vegetables, broccoli, peppers, grapes, red raspberries, nectarines, black tea, green tea, and red wine.
  • Properties : Anti-allergy, Anti-oxidant, Anti-inflammatory, Immune system regulator
  • Effects on Viruses : Inhibits Viral Entry, Inhibits Viral Replication, Downregulates the NLRP3 Inflammasone (a key inflammasone that activates inflammation during a COVID-19 sickness)

EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate)

  • Found in green tea primarily and also some fruits and nuts (cranberries, strawberries, blackberries, kiwis, cherries, pears, peaches, apples, avocados, pecans, pistachios, and hazelnuts).
  • Properties : Anti-oxidant, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-cancer, Anti-angiogenic
  • Effects on Viruses : Inhibits Viral Entry, Inhibits Viral Replication, Downregulates the NLRP3 Inflammasone (a key inflammasone that activates inflammation during a COVID-19 sickness)


So eat your fruits and veggies folks. Eat that rainbow… it’s super good for you!