Fisetin: a dietary antioxidant for health promotion

Antioxid Redox Signal. 2013 Jul 10;19(2):151-62. doi: 10.1089/ars.2012.4901. Epub 2012 Dec 18.


Significance: Diet-derived antioxidants are now being increasingly investigated for their health-promoting effects, including their role in the chemoprevention of cancer. In general, botanical antioxidants have received much attention, as they can be consumed for longer periods of time without any adverse effects. Flavonoids are a broadly distributed class of plant pigments that are regularly consumed in the human diet due to their abundance. One such flavonoid, fisetin (3,3',4',7-tetrahydroxyflavone), is found in various fruits and vegetables, such as strawberry, apple, persimmon, grape, onion, and cucumber.

Recent advances: Several studies have demonstrated the effects of fisetin against numerous diseases. It is reported to have neurotrophic, anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and other health beneficial effects.

Critical issues: Although fisetin has been reported as an anticarcinogenic agent, further in-depth in vitro and in vivo studies are required to delineate the mechanistic basis of its observed effects. In this review article, we describe the multiple effects of fisetin with special emphasis on its anticancer activity as investigated in cell culture and animal models.

Future directions: Additional research focused toward the identification of molecular targets could lead to the development of fisetin as a chemopreventive/chemotherapeutic agent against cancer and other diseases.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antineoplastic Agents / pharmacology
  • Antioxidants / pharmacology*
  • Diet
  • Flavonoids / pharmacology*
  • Flavonols
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Neoplasms / prevention & control


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Antioxidants
  • Flavonoids
  • Flavonols
  • fisetin