P VitaminThere is such a vitamin P?
Officially, no, there isn't a vitamin P, but some people use that term when talking about flavonoids, the substance found in both dark chocolate and red wine that seems to have excellent health benefits, especially for the heart. Such flavonoids are often also called Polyphenols, hence, Vitamin P.
Bioflavonoids health benefits seems to be broken down into two different categories. The can promote better health like improved eyesight, connective tissues and skin condition. They can also have therapeutic effects for some diseases and illnesses.
This group of bioflavonoids have also be said to lower blood pressure by relaxing the smooth muscle of the cardiovascular system, inhibit tumor growth,lower cholesterol levels, and prevent accumulation of atherosclerotic plaque.
The name of vitamin P is given to bioflavonoids (rutin, hesperin, hesperidin etc.) but there is not a vitamin in a pure sense.
Bioflavonoids are efectivelly used in treating injuries, having an antibacterial effect and anti-inflammatory effect.
Vitamin P is improving the absorption of vitamin C. Vitamin P could be found in: apricots, broccoli, green tea, citrus fruits, tomatoes, onion, red wine.
Though there are no recommended daily limits for bioflavonoids, before taking any, you should consult your doctor.