Last updated on Jan 15th, 2021 at 04:17 pm
Have you heard of apigenin? It is a natural phytochemical that is found in fruits, vegetables, spices and some herbs.
According to the Heart Health Guide, a diet that is rich in apigenin can be associated with a reduced risk of heart as well as neurological diseases, allergies and some types of cancer.
The flavonoid, when combined with a substance called dihydroxybergamottin that occurs in grapefruit or black pepper, provides amazing benefits to the body.
So where exactly can we get apigenin from?
Rich sources include
• Spices – rosemary, oregano, thyme, basil and coriander
• Fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits
• Red wine
It seems that apigenin is abundant in the Mediterranean diet, according to scientists, as reported on Business Day.
The Mediterranean diet has been known to be one of the healthiest in the world and the major ingredients of the diet include olive oil, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, protein rich legumes, fish and whole grains.
Wine and red meat is also consumed, however in moderation.
Apigeninâ??s health benefits
Apigenin may help lower high blood pressure and also reduce the risk of blood clots.
According to the Heart Health Guide, it may even be used to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and heart attack.
In addition, it may decrease the risk of prostate, breast, stomach and bladder cancer as well as leukemia.
Source: Heart Health Guide, Business Day
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