Did you know that citrus fruits contain a powerful bone-building bioflavonoid?
You’re surely well informed about Vitamin C and how it helps build your bones, but today you’ll discover a nutrient found in citrus fruits that has been scientifically proven to inhibit bone loss.
This is never mentioned by the Medical Establishment, so today I’m thrilled to introduce you to…
Hesperidin, An Amazing Bioflavonoid
Hesperidin is a specific kind of polyphenol (plant chemical) called a bioflavonoid. Hesperidin is found exclusively in citrus fruits, and while it’s sometimes called “Vitamin P,” hesperidin is not really a vitamin. It acts as an antioxidant, and works in synergy with Vitamin C.
Antioxidants are important for bone health, so much so, that there’s an entire chapter devoted to this topic in the Osteoporosis Reversal Program.
In a nutshell, your body’s cells use oxygen in their metabolic processes. Despite its efficiency, this process damages a small percentage of cells that then become byproducts known as free radicals. This is called oxidation.
Free radicals are very unstable, because they have an unpaired electron that causes them to “steal” an electron from another cell. Then the cell that was “robbed” becomes an unstable free radical itself. Antioxidants, however, are molecules that are able to donate an electron without becoming unstable themselves.
Free radicals don’t kill cells. Rather, they cause damage – and this includes damage to your bone cells. So antioxidants are crucial to prevent the deterioration of your bones from oxidation.
Hesperidin has shown specific bone health benefits, but first, let’s take a look at…
General Health Benefits Of Hesperidin
This bioflavonoid offers all kinds of amazing health benefits.
- It staves off allergic reactions by blocking histamines.
- Hesperidin reduces fluid accumulation in the legs.
- It aids in the absorption of Vitamin C.
- Hesperidin improves circulation, helping varicose veins and other blood vessel conditions.
- Research shows that hesperidin reduces lipid levels in the blood and liver.1
- Lack of hesperidin in the diet can cause weak, aching legs and abnormal leaking of capillaries.
Hesperidin And Your Bones
Amazingly, hesperidin has been scientifically shown to inhibit bone loss.
In a Japanese study, female mice whose ovaries had been removed (to simulate a post-menopausal state) were given hesperidin as part of their daily diet. Testing of the mice’s femoral bone density revealed that “…bone loss was significantly prevented by dietary hesperidin…”1
This is likely due to another fact the researchers noted: hesperidin decreased the number of osteoclasts (bone-destroying cells) present in the mice’s femurs.1
These findings underscore the Osteoporosis Reversal Program’s stance on antioxidants as powerful, bone-building plant compounds.
How To Get More Hesperidin In Your Diet
If you’re following the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, you’re already eating plenty of citrus bioflavonoids as part of the nutritional guidelines outlined in the Program. Alkalizing citrus fruits are among the many delicious Foundation Foods discussed in the Program, and there are more options than simply eating them plain.
Because hesperidin is found in the pulp and membranes of citrus fruits, it’s important to eat the entire fruit whenever possible. While eating a whole citrus fruit as-is can be very satisfying and delicious, variety adds interest and more nutrients.
The Save Our Bones recipe book, Bone Appétit, gives you lots of ideas and inspiration for citrus-based dishes. From simple recipes like the Sour Citrus Red Smoothie to more unusual dishes like Pasadena Citrus Pasta, Bone Appétit is full of mouth-watering recipes that are sure to delight and satisfy, all the while you’re building your bones.
When it comes to preparing bone healthy meals, Bone Appétit eliminates all the guesswork. You can simply pick from over 200 bone smart recipes, and I assure you the hardest part is to decide which one.
Short on time? ‘Quick Picks’ can help.
If you’re ever short on time, you can just flip to the ‘Quick Picks’ section where you’ll find a selection of bone healthy recipes you can prepare in 20 minutes or less!
And to make it even easier, in the 30 Day Meal Planner, a bonus included with Bone Appétit, you’ll have one full month of bone-building meals put together for you, including two snacks each day. And you’ll also find mouth-watering desserts after each dinner!
With Bone Appétit by your side, preparing bone healthy meals is really simple. I’m sure you’ll love it, but if you’re not satisfied with Bone Appétit, don’t worry! There’s a no-questions-asked money back guarantee, so you can simply return it for a refund.
Till next time,
1 Chiba, H, et al. “Hesperidin, a citrus flavonoid, inhibits bone loss and decreases serum and hepatic lipids in ovariectomized mice.” The Journal of Nutrition. June 2003. 133(6):1892-7. Web. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12771335