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Plant Flavonoids Give Blood Vessels a Boost

A study published in the October 2008 edition of The Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that oral supplements of plant flavonoids may boost blood vessel function.

Researchers recruited 12 healthy men with an average age of 43 for the study. The participants were randomly assigned to receive a 200mg dose of one of three different types of flavonoids once a week for one month. A control group received only water.

According to the researchers, 200mg represents the same amount of flavonoids you would expect to get from normal servings of flavonoid rich foods like chocolate, tea, and onions.

There are hundreds of different flavonoids but researchers chose to use three in particular - quercetin, epicatechin and epigallocatechin gallate - because previous studies have associated them with blood vessel benefits.

In order to accurately measure the effect of these flavonoids, researchers evaluated changes to vasodilators which relax and widen blood vessels, as well as vasoconstrictors which narrow blood vessels. Researchers recorded changes both before and after each supplementation.

By analyzing blood samples, the researchers found significant increases in certain vasodilators for two of the three flavanoids (quercetin and epicatechin), when compared to the control group. These flavonoids helped blood vessels to relax better and allow blood to flow more freely through them.

No increase was observed in the epigallocatechin gallate group.

When blood samples were analyzed to measure vasocontrictors the same two flavonoids were associated with a reduction in blood vessel constriction - which makes it more difficult for blood to move through.

These findings are significant because they show that plant flavonoids may help you maintain healthy blood pressure levels by making it easier for blood to flow freely through blood vessels.

According to the researchers, another important finding in this study is that blood levels of all three flavonols increased in the subjects. This is significant because some recent studies have cast doubt on our bodies ability to metabolize them.
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