This plant pigment (flavonoid) is found in a number of fruits and vegetables and is often used to manufacture medicine. The chief sources of rutin for use in the medical field includes buckwheat, Japanese pagoda tree, and Eucalyptus. Other sources of rutin include lime tree flowers, elder flowers, hawthorn, rue, St. John’s Wort, Ginkgo, apples, and other fruits and vegetables.
Rutin is often used for the swelling in the arms and legs caused by damage to the lymph system refered to as lymphedema and osteoarthritis. There has been no scientific research that can support the use of rutin for autism, or for the protection of the skin from the sun. It is not known if the chemicals produced by routine have any anti-inflammatory effects or antioxidant properties, and there has been questions whether this chemicals could protect against cancer and other major diseases.
Rutin has been known to be used as a cream to repair aging skin, to help with autism, to help with airway infections caused by exercise, to help with blood vessel disease, to subside bleeding, to help with hemorrhoids, varicose veins, and cancer, however there is not enough scientific evidence for the effectiveness of rutin with these conditions.
Rutin, could possibly be effective for osteoarthritis when taking by mouth in combination with trypsin and bromelain, and swelling in the arms or leg caused by damage to the lymphatic system by using a specific product called Wobenzym N, which contains routine, pancreatin, papain, trypsin and chymotrypsin.
Taking rutin seems to be likely safe when taken by mouth through fruit and vegetables and also when taken by mouth through medicine for up to a 12 weeks. The known side effects are stomach upset, rashes, flushing, and headaches. Make sure that you consult your family physician before taking rutin, especially if you’re pregnant or breast feeding. Consulting a family physician before taking any supplement is highly recommended to everyone.
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