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 ?
Uses & Effectiveness ?
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.
Insufficient Evidence for
- Athletic performance. Early research shows that taking hesperidin five hours before a workout might increase speed and energy in cyclists.
- Diabetes. Early research suggests that taking one tablet of a specific product containing hesperidin and diosmin by mouth for 45 days decreases blood sugar levels and improves blood sugar control in women with type 2 diabetes. Other research suggests that taking hesperidin each day might lower blood pressure by a small amount in people with diabetes.
- High blood pressure. Early research suggests that taking hesperidin can decrease diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) but does not decrease systolic blood pressure (the top number) in people with or without high blood pressure. But not all research agrees.
- Swelling in the arms or legs caused by damage to the lymph system (lymphedema). Early research suggests that taking a specific product 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 different product containing hesperidin and diosmin by mouth does not reduce arm swelling in women following breast cancer surgery.
- Build up of fat in the liver in people who drink little or no alcohol (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD). Early research shows that taking hesperidin might improve liver function by a small amount in adults with NAFLD.
- 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.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Bleeding disorder: Hesperidin might slow blood clotting and increase the risk of bleeding. In theory, hesperidin might make bleeding disorders worse.
Low blood pressure: Hesperidin might lower blood pressure. In theory, taking hesperidin might make blood pressure become too low in people who already have low blood pressure.
Surgery: Hesperidin might prolong bleeding. There is concern that hesperidin might increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgical procedures. Stop taking hesperidin at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
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- For poor circulation that can cause the legs to swell (chronic venous insufficiency or CVI): A specific combination product containing hesperidin methyl chalcone 150 mg, butcher's broom root extract 150 mg, and ascorbic acid 100 mg has been used. Also, a combination of 100-150 mg of hesperidin with 900-1350 mg of diosmin taken daily for 2-6 months has been used.
- For hemorrhoids: A combination of 150 mg of hesperidin plus 1350 mg of diosmin twice daily for 4 days, followed by 100 mg of hesperidin and 900 mg of diosmin twice daily for 3 days has been used. Also, a combination of 50 mg of hesperidin plus 450 mg of diosmin twice daily for 3 months has been used to prevent the return of hemorrhoids.
- For sores caused by weak blood circulation (venous leg ulcer): A combination of 100 mg of hesperidin and 900 mg of diosmin daily for up to 2 months has been used.
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