Ever heard of this magical nutrient?
Vitamin C, Iron, Zinc, Collagen and Omega-3 are some of the well-known nutrients for a great health. But the never ending world of nutrients has much more to offer than just these nutrients. Have you ever heard of Quercetin? Quercetin is a pigment that belongs to a group of plant compounds called flavonoids. Flavonoids are various compounds found naturally in many fruits and vegetables. They’re also in plant products like wine, tea, and chocolate. There are six different types of flavonoids found in food, and each kind is broken down by your body in a different way. Flavonoids are rich in antioxidant activity and can help your body ward off everyday toxins. Including more flavonoids in your diet is a great way to help your body stay healthy and potentially decrease your risk of some chronic health conditions. Quercetin is the most abundant flavonoid in the diet. It’s estimated that the average person consumes 10–100 mg of it daily through various food sources. Foods that commonly contain quercetin include onions, apples, grapes, berries, broccoli, citrus fruits, cherries, green tea, coffee, red wine, and capers. They’ve been linked to several health benefits, including reduced risks of heart disease, cancer, and degenerative brain disorders. The beneficial effects of flavonoids like quercetin come from their ability to function as antioxidants inside your body. Antioxidants are compounds that can bind to and neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that may cause cellular damage when their levels become too high. Damage caused by free radicals has been linked to numerous chronic conditions, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
One of the main benefits of quercetin is it’s anti-inflammatory properties. While a little inflammation is necessary to help your body heal and fight infections, persistent inflammation is linked to health problems, including certain cancers, as well as heart and kidney diseases. Quercetin’s potential anti-inflammatory properties may also provide allergy symptom relief. Quercetin is thought to prevent the body's release of histamine, an inflammatory chemical involved in allergic symptoms such as sneezing and itching. Research on quercetin shows it might have potential as an add-on treatment for high blood pressure. Further research is needed regarding use for allergies, athletic performance, and cancer.
Thus, next time when you’re eating apples, onions, red wine, tea, citric fruits, buckwheat kiwis and berries watch out for this anti-inflammatory nutrient!