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Biologic activities of flavonoids

D.E.C. van Hoorn, K. van Norren, P.G. Boelens, R.J. Nijveldt, P.A.M. van Leeuwen
From: Science & Medicine: Volume 9 Number 3: Page 152 (June 2003)

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Abstract: Flavonoids are natural products found in fruits and vegetables, as well as in beverages such as tea and red wine. Epidemiologic evidence suggests that a diet rich in these compounds is associated with a decreased risk of coronary artery disease, cancer, and stroke. Their effects also are believed to underlie part of the improved cardiovascular health ascribed to the "French paradox." Flavonoids are hypothesized to provide cardioprotective effects through their ability to scavenge free radicals and inhibit lipid oxidation. Although most research on flavonoids has been in vitro experiments, a growing body of in vivo studies is beginning to provide insight into their biological mechanisms and support for their health benefits.

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