What is it?
Rutin is a plant flavonoid that comes with a nice perk for the gut microbiome. Its molecule includes a specialized sugar, rutinose, that humans can’t use for energy — but beneficial gut bugs like bifidobacteria (which you probably know from yogurt) can. What’s really, really cool is that after some of the rutin donates its rutinose, it turns into quercetin — another phytonutrient superpower.
Where is it from?
Rutin is not as common as some other flavonoids, but you can find plenty of it in buckwheat, especially tartary buckwheat. Other foods and drinks that can boast about rutin include black olives, black and red raspberries, plums/prunes, black and green teas, red wine, asparagus, and capers.
What does it do?
Rutin really knows how to game biological aging processes and block them on multiple fronts inside cells.
- Rutin helps KO lifestyle- and aging-related changes to proteins that can undermine their normal activity in the body, along with how you look and feel.
- Animal research suggests that rutin helps strengthen immunometabolic functions you gotta have for vitality and successful aging.
- One lab study found that the rutin-quercetin duo could deliver quercetin — and all its protective abilities — into the super-fortress of the brain.
- Rutin activates a master regulator of cell aging (an enzyme named AMPK) that encourages cells to create more of those great energy factories called mitochondria.
Ever heard of brown fat? Most fat is white, and it’s a condensed and immunometabolically-active storage form of energy. Brown fat specializes in converting that stored fat into heat.
How can fat burn fat? The thing that makes brown fat brown is that it’s chock-full of mitochondria that do just that. So, back to rutin— it’s one of the rare substances found in basic research to be able to switch ON brown fat.