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Posted on 16. Jan, 2011 by .


Rutin is a bioflavonoid which means that it is part of a class of water soluble compounds 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).Bioflavonoids are found in the rind of green citrus fruits and in rose hips and black currants.

Quercetin is a flavonoid with a wide range of biological activities. It mainly occurs in plants as glycosides, such as rutin (quercetin rutinoside) in tea. Quercetin and rutin are used in many countries as medications for blood vessel protection and are ingredients
of numerous multivitamin preparations and herbal remedies. Rutin is also called rutoside.

Rutin, along with the other flavonoids, are sometimes called “vitamin P”. This used to be a common term for these compounds because they seemed to mimic the beneficial aspects of vitamins; however, they are not actually vitamins

Food Sources
Rutin is found in buckwheat seed, fruits and fruit rinds, especially citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime) and berries such as mulberry.

Rutin inhibits platelet aggregation, making the blood thinner and improve circulation.
Has anti-inflammatory activity.
Rutin inhibits aldose reductase activity. Aldose reductase is an enzyme normally present in the eye and elsewhere in the body. It helps change glucose (sugar – glucose) into a sugar alcohol called sorbitol. Too much sorbitol trapped in eye and nerve cells can damage these cells, leading to retinopathy and neuropathy. Substances that prevent or slow the action of aldose reductase are being studied as a way to prevent or delay these complications of diabetes. Aldose reductase is the first enzyme in the sorbitol pathway. This pathway is responsible for the conversion of glucose to sorbitol, and of galactose to galactitol. Under conditions of hyperglycemia, sorbitol accumulation occurs. Aldose reductase inhibitors prevent the accumulation of intracellular sorbitol. Whether rutin can help reduce the rate of glaucoma is not clear.

Through the years, the benefits of rutin has increased in number as more and more uses of this bioflavonoid are discovered. Rutin has been seen to be
effective in treating hemorrhoids and is actually used widely for this purpose. It is also seen to be effective in treating poor blood circulation, varicose veins and skin bruising. In addition, rutin helps your body properly utilize vitamin C and maintain skin collagen, both of which are important for healthy skin. It also strengthens your capillaries and counters high blood pressure and vein insufficiency. You can also use rutin as an anti-inflammatory treatment and for managing venous edema. On top of these, rutin reportedly has antioxidant properties that protect your body from free radicals which are harmful to your healthy cells. Consequently, as an anti-oxidant, rutin helps fight against strokes, arteriosclerosis, senility and slows down the aging process. It also has possible anti-carcinogenic properties.

Rutin has been evaluated in the following conditions:
Inflammatory bowel disease, see natural ways to treat this medical condition
Rutin has been tested as a treatment for varicose veins
In tardive dyskenisia as a result of antipsychotic medication use

rutin and Contraception
Rutin is the active ingredient in Rue (Ruta graveolens) historically Rue has been used as tea to induce miscarriage by thousands of women in latin america. The leaves were also eaten daily in salads as a contraceptive to prevent pregnancy. And according to Susun Weed Rutin can be used as a form of contraception or emergency contraception.

I have no evidence at this time suggesting whether or not rutin is effective at preventing pregnancy other than what is written in Susun’s book.

Susun writes “Rutin – Occurring naturally in association with Vitamin c in many plant leaves, most notably Rue, buckwheat, and Elder, rutin can be used to prevent pregnancy. Take it as a tablet in doses of at least 500 mg daily for several days preceding and following ovulation, or take it after fertilizing intercourse and continue until the menstrual flow begins.”3

Uni Tiamat writes in her book, Herbal Abortion “Rutin is also known to have the power to prevent pregnancy. In large doses, rutin prolongs the action of the adrenal hormone adrenaline and decreases capillary permeability in the uterine tissues.14 Decreased capillary permeability in the uterine tissues causes the endometrium to become non-nutritive to the fertilized egg. The egg does not implant and abortion occurs.”

Although there is no proof that Rutin will prevent pregnancy, some women will take 500 mg once daily a few days before and few days after ovulation as a natural contraceptive.

Miscarriage Risk

Rutin is the primary active ingredient in rue, an herbal product traditionally used to stimulate abortion. In early pregnancy, large amounts of rutin can cause miscarriage by preventing the attachment of the placenta. Large doses may also act as emergency contraceptives by preventing the implanation of a blastocyst.

In Pregnancy
In pregnancy, Rutin can help with the effects of varicose veins and hemorrhoids. However, the supplement can cause miscarriage, and any amount taken while pregnant should be closely monitored by a doctor.

Not enough information is known about the effects of Rutin on breast milk, and women are advised to not take the supplement if breastfeeding.

Rutin is a bioflavinoid, its main function in the body is to help the body strengthen arteries and veins and harden bones and teeth. Some of you have contacted me questioning why Rutin a bioflavinoid can be used to prevent pregnancy, when vitamin c should be used without bioflavinoids. There are still many questions, and I don’t have an explanation other than there are different types of bioflavinoids. One of my sources that suggest vitamin c for terminating pregnancy states that it doesn’t matter if the vitamin c has bioflavinoids, while others say it should be pure ascorbic acid. And in my studies I have come across references to bioflavinoids having the ability to protect against miscarriage. I’ve only done a small amount of research on bioflavinoids and have found that there are several different kinds of bioflavinoids, so it may be that certain kinds have different effects.

Rutin Dosage
Researches have suggested the effectivity or rutin doses that range from 200 to 600 milligrams. As commercial supplements, however, rutin tablets and rutin capsules are usually sold in 500 mg doses. The amount of rutin you take depends largely on why you are taking the medication. However, a regular dose of 500 mg taken once or twice a day is seen to be safe and effective.

Side Effects of Rutin
Rutin side effects are rare, but a few people have reported having experienced dizziness, heart racing, headache, muscle stiffness, fatigue, diarrhea, and upset stomach after taking rutin. Allergic reactions may occur in a few individuals. Symptoms of allergic reactions are chest pains, skin rashes, swelling and breathing problems. Allergic reactions happen very rarely as well.

Cautions for Rutin:

A potential side effect of using rutin capsules in this manner may make one feel anxious or fearful due to its effect of keeping adrenaline in the bloodstream.
Rutin should not be combined with other herbs or vitamins for purposes of preventing or terminating pregnancy.

Rutin: Other Names

Other names for this supplements (Rutin) include:

* Flavonoid
* Bioflavonoid
* Citrus bioflavonoid

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Posted on 12. Nov, 2010 by .


Vitamin C is an antioxidant. Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food, or by environmental exposures like tobacco smoke and radiation. Vitamin C is important for your skin, bones, and connective tissue. It promotes healing and helps the body absorb iron.

Vitamin C comes from fruits and vegetables. Good sources include citrus, red and green peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, and greens. Some juices and cereals have added vitamin C.

Some people may need extra vitamin C:

* Pregnant/breastfeeding women
* Smokers
* People recovering from surgery
* Burn victims

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble vitamin, which is necessary in the body to form collagen in bones, cartilage, muscle, and blood vessels and aids in the absorption of iron. Dietary sources of vitamin C include fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruits such as oranges.

Severe deficiency of vitamin C causes scurvy. Although rare, scurvy includes potentially severe consequences, and can cause sudden death. Patients with scurvy are treated with vitamin C and should be under medical supervision.

Many uses for vitamin C have been proposed, but few have been found to be beneficial in scientific studies. In particular, research in asthma, cancer, and diabetes remains inconclusive, and no benefits have been found in the prevention of cataracts or heart disease.

The use of vitamin C in the prevention/treatment of the common cold and respiratory infections remains controversial, with ongoing research. For cold prevention , more than 30 clinical trials including over 10,000 participants have examined the effects of taking daily vitamin C. Overall, no significant reduction in the risk of developing colds has been observed. In people who developed colds while taking vitamin C, no difference in severity of symptoms has been seen overall, although a very small significant reduction in the duration of colds has been reported (approximately 10% in adults and 15% in children). Notably, a subset of studies in people living in extreme circumstances, including soldiers in sub-arctic exercises, skiers, and marathon runners, have found a significant reduction in the risk of developing a cold by approximately 50%. This area merits additional study and may be of particular interest to elite athletes or military personnel.

For cold treatment , numerous studies have examined the effects of starting vitamin C after the onset of cold symptoms. So far, no significant benefits have been observed.

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