Category Archives: Flavonoids

Rose Hips As A Source of Vitamin C

Rose hips are berries that are produced by the rose hip tree, also called the rose haw or dog rose tree. The berries are nutritionally interesting because they have a very high content of vitamin C. In fact 100 grams … Continue reading

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Pulsatilla Plants as a Source of Phytochemicals

Pulastilla is a group of flowering plants that belong to the Ranunculaceae (buttercup) family. The genus contains about 70 species, and some of these are used medicinally. Some common species of Pulsatilla plants include Pulsatilla nemorosa, Pulsatilla patens, Pulsatilla vulgaris … Continue reading

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Butea Monosperma: A Source of Flavonoids

Flavonoids are polyphenolic substances produced in plants. Flavonoids have been shown to be bioavailable in humans and animals. Flavonoids have medicinal effects and these effects can include beneficial changes to the brain, which may elevate mood. Butea monosperma is a … Continue reading

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Convolvulus Plants: Contain Mood Elevating Flavonoids

Convolvulus are a large group of plants that have been shown to have medicinal properties. In particular, Convolvulus plants may have mood elevating properties. It is not clear how these plants are able to elevate mood, but evidence suggests that … Continue reading

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Cocoa as a Mood Enhancer

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Oranges (Citrus species)

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The Beneficial Effects of Chocolate

Chocolate is a confectionery food, most commonly made with cocoa and sugar. The sugar to cocoa ratio is pivotal in determining whether chocolate is a healthy food or not. For example, milk chocolate has a high sugar content and a … Continue reading

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Flavonoids as Anxiolytic Agents

Post traumatic stress disorder is a form of anxiety. The definition of the disorder is rather wide, but in general the sufferer exhibits a low mood as a direct result of being involved in a significantly stressful event in their … Continue reading

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Anthocyanins: Plant Pigments and Healthy Phytochemicals

Anthocyanins are phytochemicals belonging to the flavonoid group. There are 17 naturally occuring anthocyanins, but only 6 are commonly found in plants (cyanidin, peonidin, pelargonidin, malvidin, delphinidin, and petunidin). Anthocyanins are red or orange under acidic conditions and blue or … Continue reading

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Baikal Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis): Mood Elevating Herb

Baikal skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) is a flowering plant that belongs to the Lamiaceae or mint family of plants. However, it should be distinguished from American skullcap, which belongs to the same group of plants, but is a different species and … Continue reading

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