The intake of quercetin benefits your body just like other numerous antioxidants. Quercetin is a flavonoid (plant pigment). Flavonoids which usually give plants, fruits, and vegetables their distinct color are also considered antioxidants. Antioxidants destruct and inhibit free radicals in the body to help prevent the damage that they can cause. Having a diet rich in antioxidants such as quercetin benefits you by lowering your cholesterol, decrease risk of stroke, decrease the possibility of Parkinson's or Alzheimer's, and act as an inflammatory against arthritis you may develop later in life.
Dr. Neiman, a professor at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC has studied quercetin and its effects that are rumored to increase human performance. After testing quercetin on lab mice, the results showed an increase in their performance. After several studies with humans he discovered the quecertin did not increase any human performance alone. What he did discover that adding synergists to quercetin had a positive effect on his results. It is recommended to take quercetin in combination with green tea and/or fish oil.
SO WHAT DOES QUERCETIN DO?
- Quercetin is used as a supplement to reduce the symptoms of allergies. So if you have a runny nose, watery eyes, or hives a daily intake of quercetin benefits you greatly.
- As I mentioned above, quercetin reduces the risk of developing heart disease and will also lower you blood pressure.
- More than one study has shown quercetin benefits your body by reducing the risk of prostate, ovary, breast and colon cancers. Quercetin sets off apoptosis (programmed cell death) of cancer cells.
- It can be used as an anti-inflammatory for those who suffer from arthritis.
WHERE DO I GET QUERCETIN FROM?
There are two ways to ingest quercetin and get hte benefits it has to offer. You can either get it through whole foods or through pill form. It is more common for you to consume it through food such as fruits and vegetables which should be part of your healthy diet.
Foods that are high in the antioxidant quercetin are apples, red onions, red grapes, red wine, green tea, broccoli, and any kind of dark berries or cherries (blueberries and blackberries). People who ingest it through pill form usually are taking quercetin because they are trying to lose the symptoms caused by the illness.