Bioflavanoid. Does this word sound familiar to you? No? Well, most people would probably answer ‘no’ to that question as well, so really, we can’t blame you. And you’re right, “bioflavanoid” does sound like a word taken straight out of a sci-fi movie. (So in case you were wondering, no — bioflavanoid has nothing to do with sci-fi.)
In reality, bioflava… bioflavoinid… (okay, let’s just call them B’s from now on) are a naturally occurring plant compounds that act as antioxidants and plant pigments. They are mostly found in fruits and vegetables. While there are many kinds of B’s out there, rutin is probably the most common one, or at least the one that people are most familiar with.
Found mostly in apples but also present in figs and some citrus fruits, rutin’s out of this world antioxidant properties are behind its recent spike in popularity among health conscious people. As a result, rutin supplements are now available worldwide, and you can often find it listed as an ingredient on certain systemic enzyme blends.
But what makes this natural compound so amazing? Let’s take a look!
- Rutin has amazing antioxidant properties. You may be familiar with antioxidants. Science has proven multiple times their ability to prevent diseases and fight off free radicals.
- Rutin has been shown to prevent blot clots. Blood clots can be deadly. We can’t stress enough the importance of preventing them.
- Rutin offers anti-inflammatory benefits. They have the potential to alleviate the symptoms of colitis and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
The bottom line? Eat more fruits and vegetables! But if you can’t — you can always supplement with rutin. Just keep in mind that nutritional supplements are NOT meant to replace a healthy lifestyle and diet. Instead, they are meant to work in tandem with them to keep you healthy.