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Vitamin P for Protection!
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Vitamin P for Protection!

Everyone knows that oxidative stress can cause many diseases common in the West, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and so on.  In my nutrition class I research a wide range of plant nutrients known collectively as Vitamin P, or flavonoids.  These are a class of chemicals that have a wide range of benefits in reducing oxidative stress, and its effects, in the body. Since Vitamin P includes such a broad class of specific chemicals- over four thousand compounds- I will specifically talk about the two most well known species; rutin and quercetin.

Through research quercetin has been seen to have anticancer effects while rutin plays an important role in the cardiovascular system. Quercetin is reported to work against over ten different types of cancers including melanoma, cervical, lung, and breast. On the other hand, rutin strengthens the walls of the capillaries. It does this by protecting vitamin C from oxidation so that it can act on the capillaries together as a more functional vitamin C and rutin complex. Additional claims of other flavonoids classified as vitamin P include cholesterol lowering effects, antifungal properties, lowers inflammation, reduces pain, and can be used to treat or prevent cataracts. These claims are not proven yet, but future research is consolidating information to test these claims.

Vitamin P is not produced in the body, but it is present in plant and fruit sources.  This is proves another benefit of a vegan lifestyle!  One significant source is in citrus fruits that have high amounts of vitamin C; such as oranges, lemons, and limes. Basically, any of the beautifully vibrant yellow, red, blues, and purples found in plants or fruits offer these countless benefits.  

So enjoy!  And follow me for more articles and recipies or like this article if you enjoyed it!

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  1. BuddhasDelight
    this is awesome! i always learn something i didn't know when i read your posts! voted. please vote for my new raw coconut soup recipe if you like it. coconut is wildly good for us. :)
  2. Veganara
    Voted. Fascinating blog, very informative! When I saw "Vitamin P" I thought at first that they had discovered a new one! You might be interested in my latest recipe for Asparagus Risotto - do check that out, and if you like it, please vote.
  3. SnakeWitch
    Glad we have a nutritionist on the team! Thanks! I adore those types of fruits and have a hard time starting my day without either one of the fresh squeezed homemade lemonades or orange juices the street vendors prepare right in front of you (I'm in Colombia, for the record). I voted for you and, you guessed it: I have a new article, called Soy Now Good for Women With Breast Cancer. You know what to do!
  4. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    Am in love with Vitamin P now :) ....great info on flavonoids...gud job, Zack! My vote #5
  5. Akanksha
    cool. I had recently posted about free radical stress and this post is surely more informative.
    1. Akanksha
      Why don't you check out my latest post and share what you think?
  6. Anita Vegana
    I voted. This is great information. My new article talks about Superfoods. Please come read it and vote if you enjoyed it, and give me your thoughts as a nutritionist.
  7. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    I voted already.....waiting for more from you... also please check my latest 'Hit the Sack with Perfect Brews' and vote if u like! :)
  8. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    Also plz check out my latest on Buck Wheat... Vote if you like it, sharing it further! :)


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