Luteolin is a naturally occurring molecule known as bioflavonoid, often found in foods including parsley, artichoke leaves, celery, peppers, olive oil, rosemary, lemons, peppermint, sage, thyme, and many others.
Luteolin is thought to play an important role in the human body as an antioxidant, a free radical scavenger, an agent in the prevention of inflammation, a promoter of carbohydrate metabolism, and an immune system modulator.
1. Applied in food field, it is often used as food additives; 2. Applied in health product field, it is made into capsules with the function of vasodilatation; 3. Applied in pharmaceutical field, it can play the role of inflammation; 4. Applied in cosmetic field, it is often made into the products of losing weight
1. Luteolin have potential value and exploition in food industry. The reducing powder and scavenging ability in luteolin are better than in BHT and GTP. It have high antimicrobial activity, can against four kind of common food contaminative microorganism .
2. Luteolin has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory ,anti-allergic, anticancer ,and immune-modulating properties to suppress hyperactive immune systems. It has been reported that luteolin can inhibit the proliferation of serials of tumor cells including solid tumor ,ascties cancer and human myeloid leukemia . Luteolin can also sensitize a number of apoptosis-inducing factors by unique mechanisms .
3. Luteolin may contribute to the reduction of hyperlipidemia and inbition of oxidative modiflcation.
4. Luteolin is a potent hypoglycemic agent and improves insulin sensitivity . Luteolin may help promote healthy blood glucose leves and help in weight management for Syndrome X. Externally luteolin can be used for skin allergic and inflammatory disorders and for skin cancer prevention .
5. Luteolin is a promising agent for use in ophthalmology , for prevention and treatment of cataract and of vascular eye disorders.
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