Updated: May 7

Flavonoids are the third major family of wellness molecules produced by the hemp plant. The lack of attention to flavonoids by hemp industry professionals and the scientific community has inspired some thought leaders to label them "the red headed stepchildren of phytomolecules."

The kaempferol molecule

Flavonoids are a diverse group of plant chemicals found in a large number of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. These special compounds are responsible for the sometimes vivid colors of the plants that produce them. Perhaps of greater value to humans, they also have demonstrated significant medicinal efficacy—most notably anticancer and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Flavonoid pigments produce a wide range of diverse colors, including yellows, blues, and reds and the wide range of those found between these colors.

Kaempferol has been shown to deliver anticancer efficacy and be of benefit to those suffering osteoporosis and in the maintenance of overall bone health (especially following injury).

A 2019 study entitled "Kaempferol: A Key Emphasis to Its Anticancer Potential" that was published in the journal Molecules explored the anticancer efficacy of the flavonoid kaempferol.

The study discussed the various potential wellness benefits offered by this flavonoid, including "antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumor, cardioprotective, neuroprotective, and antidiabetic activities" and noted that it is being applied in cancer chemotherapy.

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The study gained insight into some of the underlying mechanisms involved in kaempferol's anticancer benefits, noting that "the mechanisms of action include apoptosis [and] cell cycle arrest." The research concluded that "growing evidence supports the use of kaempferol for cancer prevention."

A 2019 study entitled "The Mechanism of Anticancer Action and Potential Clinical Use of Kaempferol in the Treatment of Breast Cancer" that was published in the journal Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy investigated the anticancer efficacy of the most common flavonoid in nature, kaempferol, for breast cancer.

The study noted that the flavonoid kaempferol has demonstrated anticancer efficacy for a number of lines of the disease, including "breast cancer, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and leukemia."

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