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Overview Information

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 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.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Possibly Effective for

  • Poor circulation in the legs (chronic venous insufficiency, 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 ulcers from poor circulation (venous stasis ulcers). 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. Some research shows that taking hesperidin does not affect cholesterol.
  • Weight loss. Some research shows that taking glucosyl hesperidin for 12 weeks does not reduce body weight in people that are modestly overweight.

Insufficient Evidence for

  • 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.
  • High blood pressure. Early research suggests that taking hesperidin by mouth or drinking orange juice containing 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.
  • Swelling of the arms (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.
  • 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.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Hesperidin is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth for up to 6 months. The safety of using it for a longer period of time is unknown. Side effects include stomach pain and upset, diarrhea, and headache.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Hesperidin is POSSIBLY SAFE for pregnant or breast-feeding women when taken by mouth with diosmin.

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.



We currently have no information for HESPERIDIN Interactions.



The following doses have been studied in scientific research:



  • For poor circulation in the legs (chronic venous insufficiency): 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 leg ulcers caused by poor blood circulation (venous stasis ulcers): 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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