Sunday, March 29, 2009

Tell Me What Are Bioflavonoids and What Can They Do For Me?

By Carolyn Cooper

When you are seeking a bruising treatment that really works, or you are seeking a method that lets you work on healing bruises in particular, you will find that bioflavonoids are mentioned repeatedly. It seems like nearly everyone is talking about them, but what do you want to know about them? It's always a good idea to try to learn more about the supplements that are you curious about, and there is a plenty of interesting information regarding bioflavonoids themselves as well as how they can provide you with an excellent bruise treatment.

Bioflavonoids are found in plants, where they help the plant do things like create pigmentation and protect the plant from microbes or other forms of illness and harm. They are found in most plants, though they will vary in amount and intensity depending on what plants that you are looking at. There is very strong experimental evidence that points to them as being extremely helpful when it comes to helping our bodies react appropriately against a host of things that include viruses, cancer-causing agents and allergens. They will also act in an anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and anti-cancer manner.

There have been over 4000 bioflavonoids that have been discovered, and virtually all of them are helpful to your body. In the not to distant past, they were formerly known collectively as Vitamin P, but as we learn more about them, we are learning that there are several groups and that they all have their unique strengths.

Proanthocyanidins, which are also known as PCO's, are very potent and can be found in plant parts like grape seeds or the bark of the maritime pine. Similarly, quercetins are the most potent of the bioflavonoids and often make up a most powerful part of the other bioflavonoids. Citrus bioflavonoids are the ones that we most commonly come in contact with, and these are the ones that are most often used to treat people who bruise easily. They can also be used as a treatment for things like hemorrhoids, varicose veins and capillary permeability.

What part do bioflavonoids play in our ability to work on healing bruises and why are they such an effective bruise treatment? In the first place, taking them and making sure that you are getting enough of them is a good way to heal your body when there has been any kind of trauma at all to it, and that is essentially what a bruise is, whether you remember getting it or not. A bruise is essentially a capillary under the skin getting broken and seeping blood to the surrounding tissue, and taking bioflavonoids can help you heal up the damage much more quickly.

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