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Bioflavonoids, formerly termed vitamin P, are water soluble and are composed of substances which often appear in fruit and vegetables as companions to vitamin C. The bioflavonoids are: citrin, hesperidin, rutin, flavones, and flavonals. [See also under quercetin supplements and rutin supplements.]

Bioflavonoids are essential for proper absorption and use of vitamin C. They assist vitamin C in keeping collagen in healthy condition, and are vital in their ability to increase the strength of the capillaries and to regulate permeability. These actions help prevent ruptures in the capillaries and connective tissues, and build a protective barrier against infection.

Bioflavonoids are beneficial in the treatment of hypertension, respiratory infections, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, hemorrhaging, bleeding gums, eczema, psoriasis, cirrhosis of the liver, retinal hemorrhages, radiation sickness, coronary thrombosis, and arteriosclerosis.

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