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How It Works
How to Use It
Flavonoid supplements are not required to prevent deficiencies in people eating a healthy diet. Healthcare practitioners commonly recommend 1,000 mg of citrus flavonoids taken one to three times per day. Alternatively, 240–600 mg of bilberry (standardized to 25% anthcyanosides) may be taken per day.
Where to Find It
Flavonoid deficiencies have not been reported.
Interactions with Supplements, Foods, & Other Compounds
The flavonoids work in conjunction with vitamin C . Citrus flavonoids, in particular, improve the absorption of vitamin C.69 , 70
Interactions with Medicines
Certain medicines interact with this supplement.
Types of interactions: Beneficial Adverse Check
Replenish Depleted Nutrients
Reduce Side Effects
Potential Negative Interaction
The Drug-Nutrient Interactions table may not include every possible interaction. Taking medicines with meals, on an empty stomach, or with alcohol may influence their effects. For details, refer to the manufacturers’ package information as these are not covered in this table. If you take medications, always discuss the potential risks and benefits of adding a supplement with your doctor or pharmacist.
No consistent side effects have been linked to the flavonoids except for catechin, which can occasionally cause fever, anemia from breakdown of red blood cells, and hives .73 , 74 These side effects subsided when treatment was discontinued.
In 1980, quercetin was reported to induce cancer in animals.75 Most further research did not find this to be true, however.76 , 77 While quercetin is mutagenic in test tube studies, it does not appear to be mutagenic in animal studies.78 In fact, quercetin has been found to inhibit both tumor promoters79 and human cancer cells.80 People who eat high levels of flavonoids have been found to have an overall lower risk of getting a wide variety of cancers,81 though preliminary human research studying only foods high in quercetin has found no relation to cancer risk one way or the other.82 Despite the confusion, in recent years experts have shifted their view of quercetin from concerns that it might cause cancer in test tube studies to guarded hope that quercetin has anticancer effects in humans.83
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