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Natural Nutritional Supplement
Other common names:  Hesperin Methyl-chalcone

Hesperidin is a bioflavonoid (sometimes called vitamin P) that is packed with natural antioxidant, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antiallergenic qualities.  Normally found in highly nutritious foods, such as oranges, tangelos, grapefruits, tangerines and other citrus fruits, we can also easily take it in a dietary supplement.  Because the human body cannot produce bioflavonoids, they must be supplied in the diet - and you need them for sound health!   Recent studies indicate that bioflavonoids may be a big factor in preventing malignant and many other diseases.  Hesperidin provides essential support molecules for vitamin C absorption and is most beneficial when taken at the same time.

The information presented herein by Herbal Extracts Plus is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Hesperidin is classified as a citrus bioflavonoid (and flavonoid glycoside) found abundantly in citrus fruits.  Citrus Bioflavonoids are a class of flavonoids that include rutin, hesperidin, naringin, quercitin, and they are used for the treatment of capillary fragility (easy bruising) and venous insufficiency (varicose veins, hemorrhoids, diabetic vascular disease and diabetic retinopathy).   Hesperidin is an important member of a large group of compounds that are found in many herbs and plants, including onions (thought to have the largest amount), broccoli, citrus fruits (especially the white material just beneath the peel of citrus fruits), grapes, teas, blue-green algae, red apples, red wine and many others.  Although not a real vitamin in the true sense, it is sometimes referred to as vitamin P, a so-called vitamin that maintains the resistance of cell and capillary walls to permeation.  Flavonoids (or bioflavonoids; the two terms are interchangeable) are sometimes called nature's biological response modifiers, because they appear to be able to adjust the body's reaction to allergens, viruses and carcinogens.  Bioflavonoids cannot be manufactured in the body and must be supplied through the diet, and they are necessary for good health  and essential for the absorption of vitamin C.  There are many different bioflavonoids, including quercetin, rutin, hesperidin, citrin, etc., and Hesperidin may be found in highly nutritious foods, such as oranges, grapefruits, tangerines and other citrus fruits. The beneficial effects of fruits and vegetables are now often attributed to flavonoid compounds rather than to known nutrients and vitamins. You can also take Hesperidin in dietary supplement form as a simple and easy way to provide this natural source of essential health.

Beneficial Uses:
Hesperidin is a bioflavonoid, and recent studies show that bioflavonoids may be a big factor in preventing malignant disease (including in the breast and prostate) and many other diseases.  As a powerful antioxidant, Hesperidin has demonstrated remarkable protection against carcinogens and acts as a scavenger that searches for and engulfs the free radicals that cause the cell damage brought about by unstable oxygen molecules.

Hesperidin provides essential support molecules for vitamin C absorption and is most beneficial when taken at the same time.  In human nutrition, it contributes to the integrity of the blood vessels and assists vitamin C in protecting capillaries (blood vessels), regulating their permeability and structure, which builds an important protective barrier against infections. This is of great help for capillary fragility (ruptering or easy bruising or weak capillaries) and venous insufficiency (varicose veins and spider veins), as well as nose bleeds, hemorrhoids and bleeding gums.

Working with vitamin C, Hesperidin helps to form and maintain the health of the body's collagen (the intercellular cement) and connective tissue, which helps to heal wounds and support a healthy immune system.

As a flavonoid, Hesperidin's healthful properties are believed to have great potential in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.  Some reports claim that Hesperidin may lower cholesterol levels in the blood, thereby promotion good circulation and possible reducing hypertension.

Hesperidin (like all bioflavonoids) is said to act as an anti-inflammatory, antihistamine and antiviral.  The anti-inflammatory action of Hesperidin is probably due to the fact that it appears to interfere with histamine release.  There is evidence that Hesperidi works to inhibit histamine release from mast cells, which would account for its reputed antiallergenic activity.

According to some reports, fibroid tumors in the uterus, endometriosis and Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) may improve with the use of Hesperidin.

Various preliminary studies reveal novel pharmaceutical properties of Heperidin.   In animal studies, it has been noted that large doses of Hesperidin decreased bone density loss.

Currently, there are no known warnings or contraindications with the use of Hesperidin Nutritional Supplement, but pregnant women should always consult a doctor before embarking on any regimen of supplements. Again, Hesperidin is most beneficial when taken at the same time with vitamin C.

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