Cookies on fushi.co.uk
Flavonoids key to physical and mental health
Studies have shown flavonoids are important in improving both physical and mental health, but what exactly do they do?
What are they?
Flavonoids are polyphenolic compounds with potent antioxidant powers. They are found in plants and have been implicated as protective agents in multiple conditions.
Cocoa, red wine, grapes and tea are common foods with high flavonoid concentrations.
A vital antioxidant
Flavonoids contain antioxidants, which are important in protecting the body’s cells from free radicals, such as cigarette smoke and environmental contaminants. Free radicals can lead to bad cholesterol and increased heart disease risk, among other things.
The antioxidant properties of flavonoids also make them key in the fight against ageing. The compounds protect the skin, keeping it looking fresh and youthful. Pomegranate Seed Oil is one of the great natural beauty products with flavonoids that can give skin a boost.
An anti-inflammatory agent
Certain types of flavonoids, such as cocoa and chocolate, contain flavonols, which are believed to hold anti-inflammatory properties that target arteries.
This stops plaque build up, reducing heart disease risk and the hardening of arteries. It is also believed that by reducing inflammation, flavonols can improve brain blood flow, decreasing stroke threat.
A brain boost
Flavonols are thought to hold benefits for people with mild cognitive impairment, acting on the brain to protect neurons from injury.
Furthermore, researchers suspect flavonoids can improve metabolisms and enhance interaction with molecular structures responsible for memory.
A recent study identified cocoa as being a particular potent source of flavonoids for cognitive improvement in older adults.
They observed that those who consumed the compounds exhibited an improvement in their ability to relate visual stimuli to motor responses, working memory, task switching and verbal memory.
It was also identified that flavonoids from cocoa decreased insulin resistance, blood pressure and oxidative stress.
Posted by Freya Harper
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks