Quercetin is a flavonoid that is produced in fruits, vegetables and in some plants. It can also be found in supplement form and is quite unheard of by many, although it has a lot of benefits. Quercetin is also a very potent antioxidant, which we all know, are an important asset in the fight against cell damaging free radicals.
Cardiovascular health- Various studies have shown that Quercetin has a very positive impact on a human being’s cardiovascular health. It promotes a healthy blood flow and also provides protection against the oxidation of the low-density-lipoprotein (LDL-bad) cholesterol. This is one of the reasons that some pro-hormones also include Quercetin in the ingredients.
Protects against excess cortisol- Although cortisol is a necessary hormone, excess levels of cortisol (due to stress) can have an extremely negative impact on the human body as it causes the breakdown of muscle tissue (catabolism). Quercetin has been shown to suppress the enzyme responsible for the release of cortisol when there is excessive stress on the body.
Prostate health (in men)- Numerous studies have shown that supplementing with Quercetin has a significant impact in men with prostate inflammation. It is shown to provide relief from pain and swelling caused by prostate infections.
Respiratory health- Quercetin has been known to have an antihistamine like effect as it may help to inhibit the enzymes responsible for the release of histamines. If you find that you are having allergies (watery eyes, runny nose, facial swelling, etc), consider supplementing with Quercetin.
Where can I get Quercetin?
You can get Quercetin by consuming foods such as, Apples, Kale, Broccoli, Asparagus, Red Onions, Red Wine and Tomatoes.
You can also find it in supplement form if you are looking for a higher dose.
Although it is considered safe in moderate doses, Quercetin has been known to be stressful on the kidneys in large, long-term doses.
Smaller side-effects can include headaches and tingling in the arms and legs.
Do not consume more than 1000mg daily and do not use for more than 8 weeks.