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HEALTHY EATING... There are many foods that contain Vitamin P. Photo: Supplied.
HEALTHY EATING... There are many foods that contain Vitamin P. Photo: Supplied.
HEALTHY EATING... There are many foods that contain Vitamin P. Photo: Supplied.
HEALTHY EATING… There are many foods that contain Vitamin P. Photo: Supplied.

VITAMIN P

WHILE ‘Vitamin P’ is not actually a vitamin at all, it is however the term given to a group of super-healing plant substances from the 1930s to the 1950s. Today these substances are better known as flavonoids (or sometimes bioflavonoids) and they can be found in thousands of plant species.

Flavonoids are super-concentrated packets of nutrition for the human body and are essential for the functioning of virtually every cell and organ. Some common flavonoids you may have heard about include myricetin, apigenin, hesperidin, quercetin, rutin, luteolin, and catechin.

Each type of flavonoid plays a different role in your body. In general, however, flavonoids are crucial for two specific reasons. First of all, they all are essential to the absorption of Vitamin C − the key nutrient responsible for tissue growth and repair. They are also essential for the maintenance of bones and teeth and for the production of the protein collagen used to create blood vessels and muscular tissues. Without the help of flavonoids, none of this would happen!

Second of all, flavonoids are powerful antioxidants. Besides Vitamin C absorption, which also helps the immune system, preventing and reversing oxidative stress is the key element in how flavonoids help prevent and heal cancer.

Foods rich in Vitamin P

Apricots

Blackcurrants

Broccoli

Buckwheat

Carrots

Cherries

Ginkgo

Grapefruit

Grapes

Green peppers

Green tea

Hawthorn

Lemons

Mangoes

Milk thistle

Onions

Oranges

Other citrus fruits

Plums

Rosehip

Tomatoes

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