Surprise Foods Rich in Flavonoids

Flavonoids provide powerful protection against cancer and other diseases. Flavonoids are plant pigments responsible for the color of flowers, fruits, and sometimes leaves. Researchers believe that it is in the flavonoids that plants supply us with the natural, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant magic bullets so important for our health.

Here is a list of commonly available foods and herbs that are a less expensive way to receive these powerful plant pigments. They may be underreported and less exotic than famous blueberry and pomegranate, but of great benefit nonetheless. The key is to use the right part of the plant, as delineated in this list, for full benefit.

Everyday Foods Rich in Flavonoids
Onion (bulb)
Lettuce (whole plant)
Basil (leaf)
Cranberry (fruit)
Garlic (bulb)
Cabbage (leaf)
Kale (leaf)
Brussels sprouts (axillary bud)
Kohlrabi (shoot)
Spinach (leaf)
Asparagus (root)
Fennel (fruit)
Soy (seed)
Scarlet runner bean (whole plant)
Lima bean (leaf)
Kidney bean (fruit)
Garden pea (shoot)
Adzuki bean (seed)

Everyday Herbs Rich in Flavonoids
Dill (seed)
Tea (whole plant)
Basil (leaf)
Thyme (whole plant)
Cayenne (fruit)
Coriander (fruit)
Peppermint (whole plant)
Chamomile (whole plant)
Anise (seed)

Adapted from Medical Herbalism, by David Hoffmann (Inner Traditions, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by David Hoffman, Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from Medical Herbalism, by David Hoffmann (Inner Traditions, 2003).

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BJ J.2 years ago

Good info, thank you.

Mac C.
mac C.2 years ago

Thanks for the list, appreciate it.

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Duane B.
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JL A.3 years ago

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Donna Hamilton3 years ago

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