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  Luteolin is a flavonoid, more specifically it is one of the commoner flavones.[1] It 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. These characteristics of luteolin are also believed to play an important part in the prevention of cancer. Multiple research experiments describe luteolin as a biochemical agent that can dramatically reduce inflammation and the symptoms of septic shock.

Luteolin is most often found in leaves, but it is also seen in rinds, barks, clover blossom and ragweed pollen.[1] It has also been isolated from Salvia tomentos.[2]


  1. ^ a b Mann, John (1992). Secondary Metabolism (2nd. ed.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 279=280. ISBN 0-19-855529-6. 
  2. ^ A. Ulubelen, M. Miski, P. Neuman, and T. J. Mabry (1979). "Flavonoids of Salvia tomentosa (Labiatae)". Journal of Natural Products 42 (4): 261 - 263. doi:10.1021/np50003a002.
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