Taxifolin (also known as dihydroquercetin) is a flavonoid (health boosting chemical compounds that can be found in plants) that can fight cancer, treat diabetes and much more. In this article I will be providing a full breakdown of taxifolin, its main health benefits, the recommended daily allowance (RDA) and the best food sources.
Taxifolin and the other flavonoids were discovered by the Hungarian biochemist Albert Szent-Gyorgyi in 1938. When he first made this discovery, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi believed he had discovered a new vitamin and gave the flavonoids the name vitamin P. However, further research revealed that humans could survive without flavonoids so they are not technically vitamins.
2) HEALTH BENEFITS:
Taxifolin has numerous health benefits in the human body. Like many flavonoids, it is a powerful antioxidant (a substance that can protect the body’s cells from the damaging free radicals which are released during oxygen related reactions). It is also an antihistamine (a substance that fights the negative effects of histamine and reduces allergic symptoms) and anti-inflammatory (a substance that prevents unnecessary inflammation within the body).
Another key benefit of taxifolin is its ability to fight disease. This powerful flavonoid can prevent cancer (a disease where the cells in your body start to grow in a rapid, out of control way), type 2 diabetes (a disease where your blood glucose levels become extremely high) and heart disease. Additionally, it can help treat mental disorders by improving memory and reducing the negative symptoms associated with brain diseases.
Taxifolin is also a very important nutrient for your blood. This flavonoid improves circulation, prevents atherosclerosis (a condition where hard plaques form in the artery walls and restrict the flow of blood), reduces blood levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (a type of cholesterol that causes blockages in the artery walls and ultimately increases your heart disease risk) and reduces high blood pressure.
Taxifolin is not classed as an essential nutrient so no official RDA has been established. However, the available research suggests that consuming between 50 milligrams (mg) and 1,000mg of this flavonoid each day will allow you to enjoy all the health benefits listed above.
4) FOOD SOURCES:
Milk thistle and red onions are both believed to be very good food sources of taxifolin. However, the exact amounts of taxifolin that these foods contain is not known. Taxifolin can also be sourced from concentrated supplements, acai palm and Siberian larch trees.