Rutin is a phenolic compound found in some plants such as buckwheat , plums and asparagus it is this flavonoid that give these plants their antibacterial properties. Rutin is used in many supplements , multivitamins , and herbal medicine because of it anti-inflammatory benefits , anti cancer benefits and blood vessel protection uses. Although rutin has been used in many dietary supplements and approved by the FDA to be safe , research has been done mostly on animals we will look at some of the potential benefits of rutin base on research.
Increase metabolism and weight loss
According to a study done by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in China, rutin found in mulberries can activate the brown fat (or brown , adipose tissue BAT ) which increases metabolism to burn calories. Read more about brown fat . This discovery was made when the researcher fed obese mice their regular diet along with a supplement of 1mg rutin in their water . The result showed significant decrease in weight loss , increase energy and a balance in insulin and glycogen .Source
2. Lowers blood clot risk to prevent stroke and heart attack.
Half of all the person in America who are die every year or are sick is caused by blood clot in the brain or heart which causes stroke or heart attack . There have been many drugs developed and is still developing to prevent these blood clots but are usually expensive or has a lot of side effect . One study was done on rutin by researchers in Israel who test over 5000 compounds including rutin to identify a PDI inhibitor and rutin return the best results. This results gives us hope of coming up with a cheap drug to prevent blood clots . The researchers then went on to conduct test on mouse which prove that rutin is anti- thrombotic (reduces blood clots).
3. Vascular benefits such as varicose veins , hemorrhoids , spider veins and bruises.
Rutin has shown great benefits for reinforcing the blood vessels and capillaries thus making it a prime suspect for vascular deficiencies and weak capillaries . Clinical trial were done to test it effect on in severe chronic insufficiency results found that it help to reduce signs and symptoms in the most severe cases of venous insufficiency and edema. Source Another clinical study was done to evaluate the effects on patients with moderate varicose veins to prevent and control microangiopathy and edema . The study concluded that it was effective . In a double blinded control study rutin was test on post surgery hemorrhoid patients , who received rutin during the 5 days after surgery showed significant improvement in terms of bleeding and pruritus compared to those who didn’t receive the flavonoids. Source . Studies were also done on patients with moderate hemorrhoids and good results were also seen in the improvement of symptoms.
Rutin is an antioxidant
Rutin is a very powerful antioxidant which binds to free radicals in our body and get rid of them . There is growing evidence that rutin has therapeutic benefits in health conditions such as diabetes, neurodegenerative or cardiovascular diseases, these are all diseases in which oxidative stress is the hidden cause. Other research has also shown that rutin can protect our body and organs from oxidative damage due to chemotherapy and reduce the side effects that come with this treatment Source .Source
Anti-inflammatory effects for conditions like arthritis
One of it most popular use is as an anti inflammatory supplement for treatment of sepsis, arthritis , ischemia and colitis. Multiple experiments have proven rutin as an efficient anti inflammatory in topical products on UVB radiated skin , oral supplements , intra- peritoneal injections and subcutaneous. Rutin has proven in arthritis patients to decrease pain and improve knee function. Research has found it reduces the oxidative stress in rheumatoid arthritis. Source
Lowering of LDL cholesterol
There is enough evidence to support the use of rutin to lower your bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase your good cholesterol (HDL). In a randomized and administered dose study 500mg of rutin supplement was given to type 11 diabetes patients for 60 days resulted concluded that rutin is a good dietary supplement for lowering bad cholesterol.Source
Eye health in disease such as cataract, glaucoma and muscular degeneration
Oral administration of forskolin and rutin contributes to intraocular pressure control in primary open angle glaucoma patients under maximum tolerated medical therapy. Source .
Because it can destroy free radicals and upregulate cellular antioxidant systems protect your eyes from vision impairment and muscular degeneration.
Use for osteoporosis
Rutin is often used by osteoporosis patients to reduce pain and inflammation studies done on guinea pigs using polyphenols oleuropein, rutin and curcumin and rutin showed great protective effect . Rutin is found in Phlogenzym a tablet used by osteoporosis patient to reduce inflammation , swelling and strengthening of the bone .Source
9. Improve your skin
Rutin has powerful antioxidant properties. It also helps your body produce collagen and use vitamin C. The flavonoids rutin fight free radical which causes damage to your collagen and results in premature aging and wrinkles . Rutin also aids the absorption of vitamin C that is crucial for maintaining healthy collagen. Researcher done has shown that rutin inhibit advanced glycation end product (AGE) formation which causes your skin to lose it radiant look and cause your skin to become saggy and wrinkled.Source
How to increase rutin in your body ?
Eat fruits and vegetables with rutin you can also use supplement which are usually safe to use orally but you should contact your doctor if you have any questions or concerns . Rutins cause side effects in some people such as headache , nervousness and upset stomach side effects usually stops as the body gets accustomed to the supplement.