Hesperidin is one of the bioflavonoids, naturally occurring
nutrients usually found in association with Vitamin C.
These bioflavonoids include
Hesperidin is linked to capillary health as well as healthy circulation. Like other
bioflavinoids, hesperidin works best when given with Vitamin C and other bioflavinoids. No
signs of toxicity have been observed with normal intake of hesperidin.
Hesperidin is a bioflavonoid. Bioflavonoids are any of a
group of colored substances found in many fruits, and enhance the activity of vitamin-C.
These substances are not vitamins but were dubbed "vitamin P" by Dr. Albert
Szent-Gyorgyi, a famed Hungarian researcher. He is one and the same Gyorgyi who won the
Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery of vitamin C. It was in the course of isolating
vitamin C that he came across the bioflavinoids. He had a friend with bleeding gums and
thought this condition might have something to do with a vitamin C deficiency. He gave the
man some of his raw , impure vitamin C, and sure enough the bleeding gums cleared up.
Later on, confronted by a recurrence of bleeding gums, he decided to try again; this time
with pure vitamin C, he expected to observe an even more dramatic result. No such luck.
The man's gums went right on bleeding. Szent-Gyorgi re-examined his earlier preparation
and decided that the effective impurity was one of the bioflavonoids. He then tried these
by themselves, and reported that they worked. He named these substances "vitamin
P." The bioflavonoids thus first came into use as primarily as protectors of
capillaries, the tiniest blood vessels in the body. A deficiency state has never
been identified, so hesperidin is not a true vitamin.