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Natural Nutritional Supplement

Source:  Sophora japonica flowers (Japanese pagoda or Japanese scholar tree)
Family:  Fabaceae (pea)
Other common names:  Bioflavonoid, Polyphenolic Flavonoid

Although bioflavonoids are not true vitamins, they are sometimes referred to as vitamin P, because they possess all the healthful qualities of vitamins.  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 maximize sound health!   Bioflavonoids 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 infectious attack and serious malignant illnesses.  Rutin supplements are a convenient and simple way to provide this natural source of good health!

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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.

History:
Rutin is the glycoside between the flavonol quercetin and the disaccharide rutinose and is one of many bioflavonoids that are not actual vitamins in the strictest sense, sometimes being referred to as vitamin P, and often called the companion of vitamin C.   The letter "P" represents permeability factor, and it was given to this group of nutrients because they improve capillary strength and permeability.  Bioflavonoids may be found in herbal plants, fruits and fruit rinds (especially citrus fruits: orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime and contained mainly in the edible pulp of the fruits, rather than in the strained juices), 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 includes 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 frequently 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.

Beneficial Uses:
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.

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.  (Interestingly, Bilberry extract, often used as a nutrient-rich supplement for eye health, is, in fact, particularly high in Rutin and can be beneficial in cases of diabetic retinopathy.)  Rutin may be very useful in combating cataracts, macular degeneration (the most common cause of blindness), and also for helping to prevent and/or fight 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).   Because Rutin helps to strengthen capillaries, it may be helpful in reducing the symptoms of hemophilia.  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.  In humans, it attaches to the iron ion Fe2+, preventing it from binding to hydrogen peroxide, which would otherwise create a highly reactive free radical that may damage cells. This activity may have a beneficial impact in building immunity against invasive infection and malignant disease, and some current studies have asserted that ingesting supplemental flavonoid antioxidants may play a role in inhibiting some malignant diseases and combating harmful infectious attack.

Current research claims that Rutin bioflavonoid supplement may promote healthy cholesterol levels in the blood, thereby promoting healthy blood circulation and possibly reducing hypertension.  It is also thought to reduce the cytotoxicity of oxidized LDL cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease.  Furthermore, Rutin is said to inhibit platelet aggregation, which may also help to improve circulation.

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.

Contraindications:
Extremely high doses (many times the recommended dosage) of Rutin Nutritional Supplement may cause diarrhea.  Rutin is most beneficial when taken at the same time with vitamin C to improve vitamin C's efficacy and help to enhance vitamin C absorption.

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