RUTIN - rutoside, quercetin-3-O-rutinoside and sophorin
2007-02-09 11:50:07
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Rutin is one of a class of flavonoids that also includes hesperidin, quercetin, eriodictyl and Citron and is essential for the absorption of vitamin C. Normally found in highly nutritious foods, such as citrus, red apples, teas, broccoli and onions, etc., you can easily take it in supplement form; and because the human body cannot produce bioflavonoids, they must be supplied through the diet - and we should supply them to make the most of our health.

They are said to boost vitamin C's efficacy, improve eye health, strengthen fragile capillaries, reduce Cholesterol, improve blood Circulation and act as antioxidants. Recent studies indicate that bioflavonoids may be a big factor in guarding the body against invasive attack and serious illness.

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The flavonoid rutin is a flavonol glycoside comprised of the flavonol quercetin (see Quercetin) and the disaccharide rutinose. Rutin is found in many plants, especially buckwheat. Other rich dietary sources of rutin include black tea and Apple peels.

Rutin is considered to be an important nutritional supplement because of its ability to strengthen capillaries, whereby helping people suffering from arteriosclerosis (the hardening of the arteries), high Blood pressure or venous insufficiency. Rutin belongs to a group of plant compounds called bioflavonoids that also include the important catechins of green tea and the polyphenols of red wine. Recent studies have shown that the bioflavonoids are powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals. Free radicals are said to be responsible for as much as 90 percent of all the human diseases such as Cancer, arteriosclerosis, strokes, senility due to aging, etc.

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With regard to eye health, the bioflavonoid, Rutin, is said to improve capillary integrity and believed to help lower ocular pressure when used in conjunction with conventional drugs. ( extract is particularly rich in Rutin and can be beneficial in cases of diabetic retinopathy.) Rutin may be very helpful in combating cataracts, Macular degeneration (the most common cause of blindness) and free radical damage to the retina. The antioxidant activity that fights free radical damage appears to play a role in the prevention of cataracts and other forms of visual impairment.

Because Rutin improves capillary integrity (it works synergistically with vitamin C in this regard) by protecting and preserving the structure (permeability) and strength of those capillaries, this action is said to be of great help for capillary fragility (easy bruising and bleeding) and venous insufficiency (varicose veins and spider veins). The bioflavonoid, Rutin, is thought to lessen symptoms associated with prolonged bleeding and help in cases of bleeding gums and hemorrhage.
Rutin is believed to stabilize the collagen matrix by preventing free radical damage, thereby helping to maintain the health of the body's collagen (the intercellular cement). Collagen is a major structural protein, forming molecular cables that strengthen the tendons and vast, resilient sheets that support the skin and internal organs, and Rutin supplements help to support this critical function of the body.

Rutin, like all bioflavonoids, is said to be a good source of antioxidants that act as free radical scavengers searching for and engulfing the unstable molecules that are produced during the body's use of oxygen, which may cause damage to tissues and cells. This activity may have a beneficial impact in building immunity against invasive infection, and some current studies have asserted that ingesting supplemental flavonoids may be beneficial in combating harmful infectious attack.
Current research claims that Rutin supplements may promote healthy Cholesterol levels in the blood, thereby promoting good Circulation and possibly reducing hypertension.

Rutin (once again, like all bioflavonoids) is used extensively in the treatment of athletic injuries, because bioflavonoids are thought to relieve the pain of bumps and Bruises. They are also reported to reduce pain located in the legs or across the back and may ease the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Rutin is a bioflavonoid, and it provides essential support molecules for vitamin C absorption (and should, in fact, be taken at the same time to gain maximum benefit). Rutin supplementation prevents the breakdown of vitamin C in the body before it is metabolized and intensifies its beneficial immune-enhancing effects in the body. Rutin is one of many bioflavonoids that are not actual vitamins in the strictest sense, sometimes being referred to as Vitamin P, and may be found in herbal plants, fruits, vegetables and nuts, etc., and because they cannot be manufactured by the body, they must be supplied through the diet. Bioflavonoids are a class of flavonoids that include rutin, hesperidin, quercetin, eriodictyl and Citron, and they are essential for the absorption of vitamin C, which should be taken simultaneously, so they may act synergistically for maximum benefit. Citrus fruits are a great source of bioflavonoids, and other sources include apricots, nuts, peppers, Grapes, buckwheat (which supplies Rutin), blackberries, black currants, cherries, Plums, Prunes and ROSE HIPS. In addition, several herbs also provide bioflavonoids, including Chervil, Elderberry, Hawthorne Berry, Horsetail and Shepherd's Purse. Flavonoids have been studied since the 1940s, and their antioxidant activity is now considered undisputed. With the immense volume of research being released every year with regard to the effects of free radicals on human health, the role of flavonoid antioxidants cannot be ignored.

 

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