Citrus Bioflavonoids Extract: A Great Start To Beating A Cold
Straight off the bat, citrus bioflavonoids extract sounds like something you want on your team when battling the onset of our old friend, the common cold.
Vitamin C is the big one here and citrus bioflavonoids extract can significantly increase the body’s absorption of vitamin C.
This is no big surprise, as typically citrus bioflavonoids and vitamin C are found hanging out together in all citrus fruits.
Interestingly, citrus bioflavonoids may also work well with citric acid to help with cold and flu symptoms, such as sinus issues. Again this means it aids our body’s abilities to absorb the vitamins and minerals we require to boost a depleted immune system.
So working closely with vitamin C, citrus bioflavonoids help protect against oxidation and enhance the absorption and effect of this essential vitamin.
In this way, they can be seen as crucial co-factors for one of the world’s favourite vitamins!
What Is Citrus Bioflavonoids Extract?
Citrus bioflavonoids are chemical compounds found in lemons, oranges, tangerines and grapefruit - mostly in the peel and pith.
Fortunately, citrus bioflavonoids extract delivers all of the same benefits without us having to actually eat those undesirable bits of the fruit!
Citrus bioflavonoids are also known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
As well as benefiting the veins, blood vessels, immune system and brain, they may potentially help prevent cancer, too.
You probably noticed bioflavonoids is a “plural,” so what are we actually talking about here?
Let’s count off those flavonoids: diosmin, hesperidin, rutin, naringin, tangeretin, diosmetin, narirutin, neohesperidin, nobiletin, and quercetin.
Hesperidin, rutin and quercetin are the most well-known and researched of the list.
Quercetin is almost certainly the most famous and is even sold in isolation.
Naringin (found in high amounts in grapefruit) has also become popular with people on diets involving a “cheat day” - where they dramatically increase their calories on a Saturday (for example) after following a strict diet the rest of the week.
The 4-Hour Body (by Tim Ferriss) has a section entitled “Damage Control,” which sings the benefits of consuming grapefruit juice with black coffee during breakfast.
This active ingredient naringin can increase the fat burning potential and gastric emptying effects of caffeine.
Another interesting fact is that the citrus bioflavonoid hesperidin needs to be 'released' by intestinal bacteria in the colon, changing it into its active form, hesperitin.
The Inner Working Of Citrus Bioflavonoids Extract
So how do citrus bioflavonoids actually work? In many ways! Let me explain:
By increasing nitric oxide production
By encouraging blood vessels to open and relax
By reducing inflammatory markers
By influencing hormones, neurotransmitters and cellular signalling
With all of this going on, the conditions that may see a benefit from citrus bioflavonoids extract are:
✔ Poor circulation
✔ Chronic venous insufficiency (weakened veins in the legs) - plus easy bruising, swelling and pain.
There’s a lack of consensus as to how citrus bioflavonoids directly benefit chronic venous insufficiency, but it’s likely to involve strengthening of blood vessel walls, increased antioxidant activity and enhanced circulation.
✔ Cardiovascular disease
There appears to be a relationship between the amount of citrus consumed in the diet, and incidence of heart disease.
The more citrus, the more protection! This has been attributed to the antioxidant properties of citrus bioflavonoids. Citrus bioflavonoids have also been shown to reduce blood pressure.
The anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of citrus bioflavonoids may reduce cancer risk.
✔ The ageing brain
This is thanks to a number of mechanisms such as decreased inflammatory markers, increased antioxidant defenses and positive effect on neurotransmitters.
Hesperidin and hesperitin may also interfere with the formation of advanced glycation end products (or AGE’s) - implicated in neurodegeneration and complications of Type 2 Diabetes.
✔ Rheumatoid arthritis
By supporting collagen formation, reducing inflammation and regulating the immune system.
By interfering with inflammatory processes that cause allergic reactions.
Other possible benefits that still require further research:
→ Liver protection
→ Weight management in metabolic syndrome
→ Type 2 Diabetes
→ Poor appetite
→ Better recovery and injury prevention for athletes
Getting Enough Citrus Bioflavonoids Extract
Unless there’s a specific, and rare, allergy to citrus, only minor adverse effects have ever been recorded as a result of the ingestion of citrus bioflavonoids - such as a slight worsening of eczema.
So it is safe to say we could all stand to boost any current levels we are getting naturally.
It has been included in Athletic Greens to help with the absorption of vitamin C and also for the immune system benefits it provides on its own.
Most people do not eat enough fruit and veg, let alone enough pith and seed from citrus fruit, so it is a useful addition to the diet for most people.
A typical dosage of citrus bioflavonoids extract is 500 mg twice daily - preferably with food. Especially as we now know that it will aid in the absorption of the vitamins and minerals we are consuming in our meals.
As a side note, due to the possible influence of citrus bioflavonoids on the liver and detoxification pathways, it’s always best to seek medical advice if you are taking other prescribed pharmaceuticals.
Citrus Bioflavonoids Extract And Vitamin C
Most research supports citrus bioflavonoids as anti-inflammatories, antioxidants and for cardiovascular health - including ‘leaky’ capillaries and problems with circulation.
More evidence is emerging for their role in cancer prevention, brain protection and even metabolic disease.
But the most popular use for citrus bioflavonoids extract typically centers around citrus bioflavonoids being used for the immune system in combination with vitamin C.
Vitamin C is sold in many health food stores and pharmacies for this purpose, and citrus bioflavonoids are added to many vitamin C products, like orange juice, to help with absorption. That’s how most people tend to become familiar with it as an ingredient.
While citrus bioflavonoids in high doses can help alleviate cold and flu symptoms fairly quickly, it is especially effective when combined with vitamin C. Both can be found in Athletic Greens.
So a smart road to take to secure your immune system against any possible infectious threat is to make sure you are topped up on your daily dose of citrus bioflavonoids extract and its best friend vitamin C.