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Flavonoids: a new direction for the treatment of fluid retention?

Flavonoids: a new direction for the treatment of fluid retention?
Flavonoids: a new direction for the treatment of fluid retention?
Flavonoid extracts are important for the health of the micro-blood vessel network and are clinically exploited in this way by medical herbalists and physicians in mainland Europe. In the present review, we provide preliminary evidence that suggests that plant flavonoid extracts from dietary sources facilitate the repair of vessel damage responsible for small blood vessel permeability. Correction of this pathophysiological abnormality is known to lead to a reduction in symptoms of diffuse benign fluid retention including swollen limbs, fingers, breasts and the tissue surrounding the eye area. There is currently little orthodox treatment for this type of fluid retention except diuretics which are not without side effects and fail to address the underlying cause of the disorder. This paper marshals available data including some preliminary studies that suggest that detailed scientific study of this clinical area and its treatment through flavonoid intervention is warranted
flavonoids, anthocyanidins, idiopathic oedema, fluid retention, new treatment approach
467 - 475
Christie, Samantha
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Walker, Ann F.
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Lewith, George T.
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Christie, Samantha
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Walker, Ann F.
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Lewith, George T.
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Christie, Samantha, Walker, Ann F. and Lewith, George T. (2001) Flavonoids: a new direction for the treatment of fluid retention? Phytotherapy Research, 15 (6), 467 - 475. (doi:10.1002/ptr.1011).

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Abstract

Flavonoid extracts are important for the health of the micro-blood vessel network and are clinically exploited in this way by medical herbalists and physicians in mainland Europe. In the present review, we provide preliminary evidence that suggests that plant flavonoid extracts from dietary sources facilitate the repair of vessel damage responsible for small blood vessel permeability. Correction of this pathophysiological abnormality is known to lead to a reduction in symptoms of diffuse benign fluid retention including swollen limbs, fingers, breasts and the tissue surrounding the eye area. There is currently little orthodox treatment for this type of fluid retention except diuretics which are not without side effects and fail to address the underlying cause of the disorder. This paper marshals available data including some preliminary studies that suggest that detailed scientific study of this clinical area and its treatment through flavonoid intervention is warranted

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Published date: 2001
Keywords: flavonoids, anthocyanidins, idiopathic oedema, fluid retention, new treatment approach

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Local EPrints ID: 24291
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/24291
PURE UUID: 9723523c-2693-489b-b93a-4c25d275fa75

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Date deposited: 29 Mar 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:14

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