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Hesperidin

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What other names is Hesperidin known by?

Bioflavonoid, Bioflavonoid Complex, Bioflavonoid Concentrate, Bioflavonoid Extract, Bioflavonoïde, Bioflavonoïde d'Agrume, Bioflavonoïdes d'Agrumes, Citrus Bioflavones, Citrus Bioflavonoid, Citrus Bioflavonoids, Citrus Bioflavonoid Extract, Citrus Flavones, Citrus Flavonoids, Complexe de Bioflavonoïdes, Concentré de Bioflavonoïdes, Extrait de Bioflavonoïdes, Extrait de Bioflavonoïdes d'Agrumes, Flavonoid, Flavonoïde, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Hesperidina, Hespéridine, Trimethylhesperidin-chalcon.

What is Hesperidin?

Hesperidin is a plant chemical that is classified as a "bioflavonoid." It is found primarily in citrus fruits. People use it as medicine.

Hesperidin alone, or in combination with other citrus bioflavonoids (diosmin, for example), is most often used for blood vessel conditions such as hemorrhoids, varicose veins, and poor circulation (venous stasis). It is also used to treat lymphedema, a condition involving fluid retention that can be a complication of breast cancer surgery.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Poor circulation in the legs (chronic venous insufficiency, CVI). Taking a particular product (Cyclo 3 Fort) containing hesperidin methyl chalcone, butcher's broom, and vitamin C by mouth seems to relieve the symptoms of poor circulation in the legs. Also, taking a specific product (Daflon 500, Les Laboratoires Servier) containing hesperidin and diosmin by mouth for 2-6 months seems to improve CVI symptoms, although taking the drug Venoruton might be more effective for treating this condition.
  • Hemorrhoids. Some research suggests that taking a specific product (Daflon 500, Les Laboratoires Servier) containing hesperidin and diosmin by mouth for up to 3 months improves symptoms of anal hemorrhoids. It may also prevent hemorrhoids from coming back after they have healed.
  • Leg ulcers from poor circulation (venous stasis ulcers). Taking a specific product (Daflon 500, Les Laboratoires Servier) containing hesperidin and diosmin by mouth for 2 months seems to improve the healing of small venous stasis ulcers when used along with compression dressings.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Diabetes. Early research suggests that taking one tablet of a specific product (Daflon 500, Les Laboratoires Servier) containing hesperidin and diosmin by mouth for 45 days decreases blood sugar levels and improves blood sugar control in women with type 2 diabetes.
  • Swelling of the arms (lymphedema). Early research suggests that taking a specific product (Cyclo 3 Fort) containing butcher's broom root extract, hesperidin methyl chalcone, and vitamin C by mouth for 90 days reduces swelling in the upper arm and forearm, and improves mobility and heaviness, in women with swelling of the arm after breast cancer treatment. However, other research shows that taking a specific product (Daflon 500, Les Laboratoires Servier) containing hesperidin and diosmin by mouth does not reduce arm swelling in women following breast cancer surgery.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Early research suggests that drinking a beverage containing alpha-glucosyl hesperidin for 12 weeks improves symptoms of RA.
  • Varicose veins.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of hesperidin for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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