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Quercetin

Quercetin – Nature’s Antihistamine

What is Quercetin

You may be surprised to learn that you are most likely already ingesting Quercetin.  This naturally occurring compound, is a well known plant pigment called a flavonoid.  Quercetin is commonly found and readily available 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

Quercetin is also widely available as a supplement, Quercetin supplements generally contain other compounds, such as vitamin C which help to increase the absorption of Quercetin by the body.

Quercetin is a powerful antioxidant, more powerful than vitamin C alone.  Antioxidants are needed by the body to fight unstable molecules in the body called free radicals.  Free radicals increase risk of disease and quicken the aging process.  Free radicals damage is caused by:

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

Due to Quercetins powerful antioxidant properties, Quercetin as a supplement 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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