Myricetin – a chemical compound from a group of flavonols, specifically flavonoids occurring naturally in many vegetables and fruits. It may bring many potential health benefits and has a very low risk of side effects.
As a flavonoid, myricetin has good antioxidant properties and that is why it helps remove excess free radicals from the body. According to studies, this compound is characterised also by anti-inflammatory activity. Since it is derived naturally, it may be a good solution for chronic inflammation, i.e. rheumatoid arthritis.
Scientists claim that it has an anti-cancer action owing to its antioxidant properties – it protects DNA from oxidative damage. It blocks aromatase, namely an enzyme which converts testosterone into oestrogen. Because of that, it may prevent breast cancer. Its use will also probably reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer.
Some sources indicate that myricetin shows effects that are extremely important to diabetics. It is because it reduces blood sugar levels and increases glucose uptake by muscles and other cells.
As reported by studies, this flavonoid may also change LDL cholesterol levels at high concentrations (by increasing its uptake by white blood cells). The inhibition of LDL oxidation may be also vital in the process of atherosclerosis. Mirycetin may protect also the heart from reperfusion injury and lower high blood pressure.