What is Hesperidin
Hesperidin is a plant chemical that is classified as a “bioflavonoid.” It is most commonly found in citrus fruits. People use it as medicine.
Hesperidin, alone or in combination with other citrus bioflavonoids (such as diosmin), is most commonly used for blood vessel conditions such as hemorrhoids, varicose veins, and poor circulation (venous stasis).
How does it work
Hesperidin may help blood vessels function better. It may also reduce inflammation.
Possibly Effective for
- Poor circulation that can cause the legs to swell (chronic venous insufficiency or CVI). Taking a particular product 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 different product 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 hesperidin and diosmin improves symptoms of anal hemorrhoids. It may also prevent hemorrhoids from coming back after they have healed and may help in an emergency worsening of hemorrhoids.
Leg sores caused by weak blood circulation (venous leg ulcer). Taking a specific product 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.
Possibly Ineffective for
- High cholesterol. Most research shows that taking hesperidin doesn’t improve cholesterol levels.
- Obesity. Some research shows that taking glucosyl hesperidin for 12 weeks doesn’t reduce body weight in people that are slightly overweight.