Vitamin P – Rutin (Blood vessels) Best Food Sources – The white part of citrus peel and buckwheat are two sources very high in rutin, but often I recommend it in tablet form because it’s almost impossible to get the volume needed in natural foods when a patient is deficient. Uses for Rutin: Used for allergies and bruising, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, inflammation of the veins in the anus and rectum.
Rutin, also called rutoside, quercetin-3-rutinoside and sophorin, is a citrus flavonoid glycoside found in buckwheat, the leaves and petioles of Rheum species, and the fruit of the Fava D’Anta tree (from Brazil), as well as other sources. Rutin is the glycoside between the flavonol quercetin and the disaccharide rutinose.
Rutin can combine with cations, supplying nutrients from the soil to the cells in plants. In humans, it attaches to the iron ion Fe2+, preventing it from binding to hydrogen peroxide and creating a highly reactive free radical that may damage cells. It is also an antioxidant, and therefore plays an important role in inhibiting some cancers.
Rutin also strengthens the capillaries, and therefore can reduce the symptoms of haemophilia. It also may help to prevent a common unpleasant-looking venous edema of the legs. Rutin, as ferulic acid, can reduce the cytotoxicity of oxidized LDL cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease. Rutin can also be consumed in an aqueous form in Function Youth Trip which is a popular beverage in California.