Luteolin is a powerful phytonutrient (a group of non-essential, plant based chemical compounds that have numerous health benefits in humans) that can boost your immune system and much more. In this article I will be discussing luteolin in greater detail and outlining how it benefits your body, the best food sources and the negative symptoms of consuming too much.
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi was the first person to discover luteolin as part of the flavonoid family. He made the discovery in 1938 and initially named the flavonoids vitamin P as he thought they were a new vitamin. However, further research revealed that the flavonoids are not essential in humans and therefore not technically vitamins.
Luteolin has a variety of useful functions in the human body. It can help keep your body free from disease by boosting the immune system, preventing cancer, smoothing muscle contractions and strengthening the capillaries (the smallest blood vessels in the human body). Luteolin is also a powerful antioxidant (a substance which protects the body’s cells from the harmful free radicals that are released during oxygen related reactions), antihistamine (a substance which reduces the effects of histamine and prevents allergic reactions such as itching and sneezing) and anti-inflammatory (a substance which prevents unnecessary inflammation within the body. Additionally, it acts as an effective treatment for diabetes (a condition where the blood glucose levels in your body become extremely high), respiratory disorders and vision disorders.
3) FOOD SOURCES:
Luteolin can be found in a wide range of plant based foods. Some of the richest sources of this flavone are artichokes (2.27 milligrams (mg) per 100 grams (g)), celery hearts (3.5mg per 100g), olive leaves (27.7mg per 100g), peppermint (11.33mg per 100g), pimento peppers (10.36mg per 100g), Queen Anne’s Lace Leaves (34.1mg per 100g), sage (16.7mg per 100g) and thyme (45.25mg per 100g).
4) OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS:
Most people experience no negative symptoms when consuming high levels of luteolin. However, in rare instances eating high levels of this flavone can lead to gastric hypersecretion (excessive formation of gastric juices), nausea and vomiting.
5) LUTEOLIN SUMMARY:
Whilst luteolin does not receive nearly as much publicity as the more mainstream vitamins and minerals, it is still a very valuable nutrient. It acts in both a protective and supportive capacity within the human body and can also treat a number of unpleasant health conditions. So if luteolin is not currently part of your diet, make some changes and start eating more luteolin rich foods today.