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Surprise Foods Rich in Flavonoids

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)

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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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7:09PM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

Good info, thank you.

9:43AM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Thanks for the list, appreciate it.

2:13PM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Good to know,Thanks for sharing

8:34AM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

4:54PM PDT on Aug 31, 2012


3:13PM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

good to know

11:46AM PDT on May 28, 2012


6:16PM PDT on May 27, 2012

Thanks for the post.

10:33AM PDT on May 24, 2012


11:20AM PDT on May 8, 2012

Thanks for the info.

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