Quercetin

What is Quercetin?
Quercetin is a bioflavonoid and a plant pigment that is known for its anti-flammatory, antihistamine, and antioxidant properties. Commonly found in the skins of red apples and red onions, quercetin is responsible for the colors of many different forms of plant life.

What are the health benefits of Quercetin?
As an anti-inflammatory agent, quercetin inhibits various inflammatory mediators such as the manufacture and release of histamines and is used to treat inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, eczema, breakouts of hives, and certain forms of diarrhea. Related to this function is quercetin’s role as an antihistamine, which is based on the same qualities and will reduce allergy-related symptoms instigated by the release of histamines as well as other conditions like asthma and bronchitis.

As an antioxidant, quercetin scavenges free radicals, which neutralize their ability to develop the body’s contraction of heart disease and cancer. Quercetin has been shown in certain studies to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, particularly the cancer of the lungs, prostate, breasts, and colon.

What foods are good sources of Quercetin?
Quercetin can be found in a variety of fruits and vegetables including apples, red onions, citrus fruits, grapes, dark cherries, blueberries, blackberries, bilberries, cranberries, broccoli, and leafy green vegetables. Quercetin can also be found in capers, tea, and red wine.

Are there other ways to take Quercetin?
Quercetin can also be administered as a supplement, and has been found to be more effective when administered with the digestive enzyme bromelain and with rutin. It can be found online, in health food stores, and in the offices of alternative health practitioners.

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