Hesperidina is a naturally occurring plant chemical that falls into the “bioflavonoid” category. It is typically found in citrus fruits and has been used in natural medicine for centuries. It is still used today for several medicinal purposes, including in various kinds of diet pills.
This ingredient is known by many different names. While you may see it identified as hesperidina on a product label, it may also be called any of the following: citrus bioflavonoid, citrus bioflavonoid extract, hesperidin methyl chalcone, trimethylhesperidin-chalcon, bioflavonoid concentrate, bioflavonoid extract, bioflavonoid complex, among many others.
In terms of its medicinal uses, hesperidina is most frequently used for blood vessel conditions. These can include poor circulation, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and others. The reason is that many believe that it improves the function of blood vessels. It may also help with the reduction of inflammation.
Some research has indicated that hesperidina may indeed be helpful for certain conditions suchy as poor circulation in the legs, leg ulcers caused by poor circulation (also known as venous stasis ulcers) and hemorrhoids.
That said, it is also often used for many other conditions despite the fact that there isn’t much – if any – research to indicate that it may be beneficial for them. For example, according to WebMD, research has indicated that hesperidina is possibly ineffective for treating high cholesterol. Similarly, it is possibly ineffective for helping with weight loss. A 12 week research study showed that by taking this ingredient, people who were modestly overweight did not experience any meaningful body weight reduction.
Other conditions for which hesperidina is used but without enough evidence to show that it could be effective include: high blood pressure, diabetes, arm swelling, varicose veins, rheumatoid arthritis, and others. Before doctors can know for certain whether or not this ingredient can help for those purposes, far more research is necessary.
Hesperidina is considered to be possibly safe for adults taking it orally for up to half a year. Taking it for longer periods than that has yet to be studied. That said, potential side effects from using this ingredient include diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea and headache.
Before taking hesperidina for weight loss, it’s very important to speak with your doctor. This way, you can be more confident that it will not conflict with any health condition or medication you’re taking. It is also important to take this step to know that it won’t cause problems with any supplements you’re taking or foods you eat.