Synchronicity Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil is brimming with cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. But what are these flavonoids? What do they do and how can they benefit us? Flavonoids are found in vegetables, flowers, fruit, and plants in general. There are more than 8,000 flavonoids in the world, of which about 20 are found in Hemp.
Flavonoids are studied for their potential antioxidant properties. You will find plenty of foods whose flavonoids offer great antioxidant support. Some flavonoids also display anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.
CBD contains the full benefits of Hemp flavonoids. People looking to adopt a holistic approach to CBD consumption will greatly benefit from the presence of flavonoids in their CBD products.
Where Are Flavonoids Found?
What Do Flavonoids Do in Plants?
The name ‘flavonoids’ comes from the Latin flavus, which means blonde. In many plants and vegetables, flavonoids exhibit themselves in yellow hues, hence the name.
Flavonoids fulfill several essential functions in plants. Primarily, they are a defense mechanism against unwanted insects, fungi, and bacteria. But they also help form symbiotic relations with beneficial fungi and bacteria that protect the plant and help it grow.
Flavonoids also give plants their aromas, flavors, and colors. They show us when a fruit is ripe: the apple will turn red, and that’s how we know it’s ready to be eaten. This change of color occurs thanks to flavonoids.
Finally, flavonoids protect plants from UV damage by creating a protective film that shields the plant from ultraviolet rays.
There Are Different Types of Flavonoids
Flavonoids don’t all fall under a single category. There are several sub-categories such as flavonols, flavones, flavanones, isoflavones, and anthocyanins.
Each flavonoid category is characterized by the color it gives to flowers and plants. For example, flavanones are present in lemons, grapefruit, oranges, and other citrus fruit. And anthocyanins are found in strawberries, berries, grapes, and red wines. You guessed correctly, anthocyanins give plants their red color.
Have you ever wondered why doctors and scientists suggest we eat fruit and veg of different colors? It’s because they contain different flavonoids. By eating different-colored vegetables, you are getting the full spectrum of flavonoids.
How Can Flavonoids Benefit Us?
The most-discussed benefit of flavonoids is their antioxidant properties, which let them fight free radicals.
Free radicals are chemical compounds in the body that are missing an electron, which makes them unstable. This imbalance turns them into scavengers looking for an extra electron to regain their balance.
The body needs a certain amount of free radicals to fight unwelcome intruders like microbes and bacteria. However, they need to be in check or they can wreak havoc, causing aging, chronic inflammation, and other ailments. This balance is achieved through the production of antioxidants by the body. Antioxidants have the extra electron that free radicals need and can pass it on without becoming unstable themselves. This stabilizes the free radicals and stops them from causing damage.
However, our way of life, daily stress, and lack of rest can lead to the excessive growth of free radicals. That’s why we may need extra antioxidants to support our health. The best source of antioxidants is our nutrition: a healthy diet, rich in fruit and vegetables, can help provide the body with the antioxidants it needs.
Heart Health Benefits
Research suggests that flavonoids may help the heart maintain its good health. A review showed how quercetin, a flavonoid found in Hemp, displayed “the most consistent blood pressure-lowering effect in animal and human studies”.
A 2015 study showed that a healthy lifestyle with high flavonoid intake was linked to lower cardiovascular risk.
Research suggests that flavonoids may help the body keep inflammation at bay.
The COX-2 enzyme is responsible for creating inflammation in the body. This 2016 study showed that flavonols and flavones act as “preferential inhibitors of COX-2.” By stopping the COX-2 enzyme from unfolding, flavonols and flavones may help the body keep inflammation at bay.
Like any other plant, Hemp contains flavonoids. Flavonoids make up almost 3% of dry Hemp (weight). They are responsible for its deep green color and some of its potential health benefits.
Hemp flavonoids are found in the leaves, flowers, and stalks of the plant but not in the seeds and roots. This means that Hemp seed oil, which is made exclusively of Hemp seeds, doesn’t contain any flavonoids.
Some flavonoids are only found in Hemp. Appropriately enough, they are called cannflavins. Like other flavonoids, they may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Hemp also contains apigenin, which is a helpful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and calming flavonoid. Chamomile, which many people consume for its calming and soothing effects, contains 65% of apigenin.
Hemp shares quercetin, another flavonoid, with several other plants such as kale, green tea, and citrus fruit. Quercetin is also found in red wine. According to research, it seems to have significant anti-inflammatory effects and to support the body’s immune system.
Kaempferol is an unusual name for an important flavonoid that appears to have significant antioxidant effects. Kaempferol is also involved in “pathways linked to apoptosis, angiogenesis [and] inflammation” according to a 2013 study.