Fisetin – an off the radar flavonoid

A reader forwarded to me a blog post, Could Fisetin Be A New Treatment for ME/CFS and Autism? The name fisetin did not ring any bells for me (so it is not someone’s bright idea being recycled for the nth time); when there is something new showing up I want to do a quick fast analysis. This is below. For full declaration, I have just ordered some for a few people close to me with mast cell and multiple chemical sensitivity issues. The down side risk for the upside potential made it an easy decision.

In my very first post on this site, I reported that I have a remarkable response to high dose biotin.  It reduces my ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome) symptoms like severe fatigue and the mental confusion that people with ME/CFS call brain fog.  It also reduces my autistic symptoms, relieving anxiety and irritability while improving my ability to read people.

Could Fisetin Be A New Treatment for ME/CFS and Autism? 2019/07/23

Fisetin is a polyphenol belonging to the flavonoid group. It is not in the data from United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service, nor can I find it on that site. It is mentioned in over 700 studies on PubMed . A lot of these studies are less than 2 years old.

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Fisetin: A Dietary Antioxidant for Health Promotion (2013)

Bottom Line

There are no direct studies on it’s impact on the microbiome, hence it cannot be added to the microbiome prescription site. In terms of ME/CFS it is well documented to help some key factors (beyond the above blogger’s observations).

  • Neuroprotective
  • Anti-histamine / reduce mast cell activation
  • Antidepressant (which suggests it acts against the bacteria associated with depression)
  • Anti-inflammatory

It is a viable supplement to buy one bottle and see what the effects are. Remember to post your experience here.

Lots of Strawberries or supplements?

This is a classic question for most supplements — get it from a natural source or get it as a supplement. The typical supplement is 100 milligrams, 1 gram of strawberries provides 160 μg (micro grams) so to get the same amount means consuming 100,000 grams of strawberries (or 220 lbs of strawberries PER DAY).