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Quercetin – Nature’s Antihistamine

What is Quercetin

Quercetin is nature’s antihistamine.  This naturally occurring compound, is a well known plant pigment called a flavonoid.  Commonly found and readily available Quercetin is in a variety of foods you are probably (and hopefully) already eating, such as:

  • fruits, particularly grapes, cherries, berries and citrus fruits
  • vegetables, including broccoli and onions
  • grains
  • green tea
  • coffee
  • red wine

Also widely available as a supplement, Quercetin supplements normally contain other compounds, such as vitamin C.  These added vitamins and minerals increases absorption of Quercetin by the body.

Quercetin is a powerful antioxidant, more powerful than vitamin C alone.  Antioxidants  fight unstable molecules found in cells called free radicals.  Free radicals increase risk of disease and quicken the aging process. While free radicals are produced naturally in the body, lifestyle and other factors can accelerate their production, these include:

  • pollution
  • cigarette smoke
  • radiation
  • chemical toxins
  • pesticides

Due to Quercetins powerful antioxidant properties, Quercetin is nature’s antihistamine that may help with a variety of maladies including:

Generally Quercetin is considered safe as a food and supplement, with little or no side effects.  Taking more than 1,000 mg a day may cause headaches or stomach upset.  Before starting any new supplement, you should speak to a trusted, knowledgeable health care professional.

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