What is Rutin?Rutin is a bioflavonoid. Pure rutin is yellow or yellow-green colored needle-shaped crystal. Rutin is a flavonol glycoside comprised of the quercetin and the disaccharide rutinose (rhamnose and glucose).
DistributionRutin is found in many plants, fruits and vegetables. The richest source is buckwheat. Rutin is also found in citrus fruits, noni, black tea, apple peel. During digestion much of the rutin is metabolized to its aglycone, quercetin.
Health Benefits of RutinRutin has strong antioxidant properties. Rutin has also the property to chelate metal ions, such as iron, thereby reducing the Fenton reaction (production damaging oxygen radicals). Rutin also seems to stabilize vitamin C. If rutin is taken together with vitamin C, the activity of ascorbic will be intensified.
Rutin is important because it strengthens capillaries and can help people who bruise or bleed easily. Studies have demonstrated that rutin can help to stop venous edema, that is an early sign of chronic venous disease of the leg.
Rutin has anti-inflammatory effects. Animal studies have shown that rutin has preventive and healing effects.
There are indications that rutin can inhibit some cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions.
Rutin may help to prevent atherogenesis and reduce the cytotoxicity of oxidized LDL-cholesterol.
SynonymsRutoside, quercetin-3-rutinoside and sophorin