What is Hesperetin?
Hesperetin is a bioflavonoid and, to be more specific, a flavanone. Hesperidin (a flavonone glycoside) is water-soluble due to the presence of the sugar part in its structure, so on ingestion it releases its aglycone, i.e, hesperetin.
The flavones and flavonoids are a widespread group of natural products with a variety of reported beneficial health effects. Flavonoids have been implicated as possible active agents in the dietary benefits of citrus fruits. Hesperetin is a citrus flavonoid that has been reported to lower plasma cholesterol. Hesperetin reduces the transcription of ACAT-2 mRNA in Hep-G2 cells and reduces ApoB protein synthesis in a dose-dependent manner. The EC50 for these responses is approximately 50 ?M.Hesperetin also inhibits histamine release from IgE-challenged RBL-2H3 cells, with a potency comparable to the commercial anti-allergy drug azelastine.