Flavenoids

I mentioned these in Chapter 5, when I discussed anutrients and their benefits. Flavenoids are a group of over 4,000 discovered flavone compounds. They are marketed as herbal supplement, which is why I've included them in this section. Flavenoids are potent antioxidants, contributing to the biochemical redox, which I mentioned in Chapter 5. They protect against free-radical damage in heart disease, some cancers, and other diseases. Some examples of flavenoids are proanthocyanidines, quercetins and catechin (the latter has another benefit, see Chapter 9). I've mentioned these three, because they are sold as antioxidant supplements in their own right. Generally, I would say 'no' to flavenoid supplements, and would suggest it is far better to eat a healthy balanced diet containing lots of foods of plant origin.

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