Bioflavonoids: Helping Your Skin Look & Feel More Healthy
Your skin is the first thing people see when they look at you and Bioflavonoids can mask skin age and overall health.
We spend billions of dollars a year stitching, ripping apart and trying to cover up wear & tear on our skin, but often to no avail. In order to maximize the beauty and health of your skin, it’s important to learn how your skin works, what makes it better and what makes it worse- from the inside out!
Toxins are a major factor in skin care, a factor we can’t do much about. They are assaulting our air and damaging our skin. Chemicals are escaping into our water. Hoards of pesticides and preservatives are being thrust mercilessly into everything from tomatoes to shampoo. Yet, while our bodies readily absorb toxins every day, our ears often fall short of absorbing their impact on our health.
In the US alone there are over 70,000 skin-ravaging toxic chemicals in use, and 2,000 new compounds being introduced every year. From the air we breathe to the food we eat, escaping the effects of abrasive toxins is no easy feat. Even if you decide to live completely au naturel, making all your clothing and household supplies out of organic home grown buckwheat fiber and beets . . . you’d still be exposed to the harsh toxins. Even the most vigilant of chemical-combatants still test positive for many dangerous toxins.
Enter: Bioflavonoids, Mother Nature’s answer to preventing skin cancer. Bioflavonoids are found in fruit and some vegetables, as well as supplements like grape seed oil and bilberry. Here’s a handy list of them and what foods they’re found in:
- Anthocyanidins (red purple berries and grapes, red wine)
- Flavanols (green tea, chocolate, red wine, apples, berries)
- Flavanones (citrus fruits, juices)
- Flavonols (onions, apples, broccoli, other fruits & veggies)
- Flavones (parsley, celery, hot peppers)
- Isoflavones (soy, other legumes)
There are mountains of fantastic things Bioflavonoids do for your skin. Each genre of flavonoid has a slightly different function, but they all serve to enrich, protect and beautify skin. Because Bioflavonoids strengthen the vascular system, the easiest way to tell if you have a Bioflavonoid deficiency is whether or not you bruise easily, other indicators can be frequent nosebleeds, spider veins, and some skin abnormalities. Think about it, there are 60,000 miles (96,500 Kilometers) of veins tangled intricately just under our outer layer of skin, so naturally the health of our veins plays a big factor in skin’s appearance. Any place this vascular structure is damaged (ruptured or bloated) is going to have an effect on what you look like.
Research suggests that Bioflavonoids help attract insects to plants and flowers, but they also function as antioxidants for plants as well, protecting their structures from UV radiation, elements and toxins. Ingesting Bioflavonoids in turn means you absorb their nutritious benefits, like increased capillary strength and connective tissue strength, which means more beautiful, healthy skin.
Over the years there have been many studies done on the effectiveness of Bioflavonoids on humans and human cells. One recent study reports a 50% reduction in severity of common, chronic skin condition that affects those over 50, when treated with a neutraceutical citrus Bioflavonoid blend. Another study, by the Institute of Biological Research and Biotechnology, asserts that the popular flavonoid Quercitin acts as a proteasome activator with anti-oxidant properties that consequently influence cellular lifespan, and a rejuvenating effect is observed. The research also shows the [flavonoid] compounds promote physiological alterations when applied to cells, demonstrating the existence of naturally occurring anti-aging products that can be effectively used through topical application.
The studies above highlight the findings of just two of the hundreds of studies and research that supports the effective use of Bioflavonoids on skin strength and anti-aging. Optimally your Bioflavonoid intake should come from whole foods, but if you aren’t getting your 5-8 servings of fruit and vegetables daily, a Bioflavonoid supplement could help boost the health of the skin you’re living in.
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