What Gives Plants Their Color?
Flavonoid refers to any large group of plant substances that include the anthocyanins. Anthocyans are water-soluble pigments that are responsible for colors found in different plants.
Anthocyans can range from violet and blue to most shades of red. They can also be found in tea and red wine and function in the body as antioxidants that invade cancer cells and interrupt cell growth.
Flavonoids improve memory and concentration and are powerful free radical scavengers that can boost the effectiveness of vitamin C in the antioxidant network, regulate nitric oxide, a potent free radical that is a regulator of blood flow and keeps your heart healthy in several important ways:
- Prevent blood clots
- Protect against oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Improve sexual function in men
- Reduces inflammation and bolster immune function
If you want to add a healthy dose of flavonoids to your diet, try making vegetable juice with a few added blueberries. Blueberries in particular have been rated number 1 in antioxidant capacity by the USDA. This should be more than sufficient to fortify your body with these health-promoting nutrients.
Experts have known for a long time that fiber has significant benefits; however, there has yet to be an official guideline as to how much we should ingest in our daily diets.
Recommended Daily Intake
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the collective evidence of several large group studies indicates that you should base your fiber intake on your average daily caloric intake. Regardless of your age, weight or gender, evidence suggests that the adequate intake, or AI, for fiber is 14 grams per 1,000 calories consumed. Accordingly, if you typically eat 2,200 calories worth of food each day, you should take in about 31 grams of fiber. Similarly, if your daily caloric intake is around 1,500 calories, you need just 21 grams of fiber per day.
Weight Loss Aid?
Some evidence suggests that fiber may help to promote weight control by controlling the appetite because fiber makes you feel satisfied longer.
A proven fact: Fiber helps food and waste move through the digestive system, plus, some forms of fiber can help to carry excess cholesterol out of your digestive system so it is eliminated rather than absorbed in the blood.
Blueberry Vegetable Juice Recipe
A fruit and vegetable juice packed with flavonoids!
1 medium Granny Smith apple
1 cup blueberries
1 stalk broccoli
6 large carrots
1 medium whole tomato
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.
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