Myricetin is a flavonoid that is commonly
found in natural food sources such as berries, vegetables, teas, wine
Myricetin is considered to be an
antioxidant, which means that it is capable of eliminating cancer
causing free radicals within the body.
It is usually taken from the bark,
leaves, and roots of the plant known as myrica cerifera, and is
completely water soluble, which means it makes an excellent source for
Myricetin is commonly marketed as an ingredient in products to help
consumers stop smoking. It is believed that Myricetin blocks certain
enzymes within the body. Myricetin is also considered to be an
antioxidant, ridding the body of cancer causing free radicals.
Historical use of this falvonoid include
treatments for diarrhea, dysentery and as a treatment for fevers. It is
also believed that myricetin may also be able to lower high cholesterol
levels, as well as reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men. It may
very well be the antioxidant properties of myricetin that is responsible
for reducing the risk of prostate cancer.
There appear to be no adverse side effects or drug interactions related
to supplemental use of myricetin, however it is generally recommended
that women who are pregnant or nursing should consult their physician
before implementing myricetin into their daily regimen.
As always, however, it is wise for anyone
with special conditions or taking other prescribed medications to
consult their physicians before adding myricetin supplements to their
Consumers who are interested in the health benefits of myricetin should
take the time to read the labels and ingredient lists of products in
order to insure they are getting a quality supplement. One of the things
to look for is additives, or fillers, that manufacturers may add to
increase the weight of the product, but that do nothing to increase
nutritional value. Common additives and fillers include silica,
otherwise known as sand; flours, and sugars.
Myricetin supplements are available
in caplet form. It is usually recommended to be taken with plenty of
water, as myricetin is 100% water soluble. Myricetin should be
maintained in a cool place.