Chrysin Health Benefits
Chrysin health benefits include anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and possible anticancer characteristics. The substance chrysin is actually a flavonoid derived from the blue passion flower (Passiflora coerulea) and it is also found in honey and propolis, the resin-like substance bees use to construct their hives.
Among the possible chrysin health benefits is for women who have breast cancer. In 1993, a University of Minnesota study found that chrysin was the most effective of all the flavonoids tested and to be equal in potency to the cancer drug (an aromatase inhibitor) that was tested. (Campbell 1993) Aromatase inhibiting drugs are used as part of breast cancer treatment, as well as to counteract uterine fibroids or to help maintain healthy breast tissue. Unlike the drugs, however, which are associated with side effects such as hot flashes, nausea, weakness, headaches, arthritis, and pain, chrysin has no known side effects.
The ability of chrysin to inhibit aromatase and estrogen production has been repeated in various studies over the years. Pharmaceutical companies are also interested in the cancer-fighting abilities of chrysin. However, because natural elements cannot be patented, the drug companies must alter them to secure a patent.
Several studies have supported the value of chrysin as an anti-cancer agent. (Li 2010; Rehman 2013) The problem with chrysin is that while it demonstrates anti-cancer activity in cell cultures and in animals, it has not proven effective in human studies. Chrysin also has antioxidant properties and is an effective anti-inflammatory agent. Some bodybuilders say they take chrysin because it reportedly boosts testosterone levels, but no studies have verified this claim. (Gambelunghe 2003)
Chrysin supplements are available as capsules. If you want to explore chrysin health benefits, consult with a knowledgeable healthcare professional before taking the supplement. No side effects have been associated with chrysin.
Campbell DR, Kurzer MS. Flavonoid inhibition of aromatase enzyme activity in human preadipocytes. J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol 1993 Sep; 46(3): 381-88.
Gambelunghe C et al. Effects of chrysin on urinary testosterone levels in human males. J Med Food 2003 Winter; 6(4): 387-90.
Li X et al. Chrysin sensitizes tumor necrosis factor-alpha-induced apoptosis in human tumor cells via suppression of nuclear factor-kappaB. Cancer Lett 2010 Feb 2.
Rehman MU et al. Chrysin suppresses renal carcinogenesis via amelioration of hyperproliferation, oxidative stress and inflammation: plausible role of NF-kB. Toxicology Letters 2013 Feb 4; 216(2-3): 146-58