When it comes to antioxidants, vitamins seem to take center stage; but what about those “sort of” vitamins with incredible health benefits? Yes, we are talking about bioflavonoids.
While not truly vitamins in the strictest sense, bioflavonoids work together with vitamin C to form collagen, one of your body's main structural proteins. Bioflavonoids also aid your body’s immune-defense system and have mildly estrogenic properties, making them helpful in regulating some hormonal conditions.
Bioflavonoids are also the Crayola of the vitamin world, providing all the brilliant colors to fruits and vegetables. Some of the best sources of bioflavonoids include citrus fruits—lemons, oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, and limes—and buckwheat (a gluten-free grain that is not botanically related to wheat).
Keep in mind that other good sources of bioflavonoids are found in apricots, cherries, grapes, plums, blackberries, papayas, green peppers, broccoli, and tomatoes.