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Quercetin is a flavonoid, not a nutrient, a plant pigment that is found abundant in fruits and vegetables. It’s one of the most abundant antioxidants in the body and packs a punch.
A report in the 2008 issue of the “Journal of Pre-Clinical and Clinical Research” (JPCCR) states that quercetin acts quickly within the body and can ease arthritis pain within two to three days. (The amount of quercetin in this study was 750 mg daily, provided through supplements.)
The April 4, 2008 edition of the “Journal of Biological Chemistry” reports a study that shows the powerful action of quercetin against cardiovascular disease. In this study, they find that quercetin goes directly to the areas of the arteries that are injured or inflamed, while passing over healthy areas. Let’s take a look at how it can benefit your body.
Anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is a big enemy to our bodies and contributes to heart disease, allergies, infections and chronic fatigue. Quercetine benefits bladder infections, cancer, autoimmune disorders and high blood pressure. When we lower inflammation, we lower disease.
Antioxidant. As we age, it’s natural for our bodies to oxidize. Quercetine plays a role in how our body handles that stress and how it reacts to the environment. This slows the aging process and helps to clean out damaged cells.
Anti-histamine. Quercetin is a natural antihistamine and prevents immune cells from releasing histamines. (1) When histamine builds in the body it creates a variety of symptoms. Hives, itchy eyes and runny nose being the most obvious but many symptoms like brain fog, anxiety and depression can be a result of histamine build up. Quercetin taken before meals can help the body reduce the histamine levels. For more information on Histamine Intolerance refer to this article.
Benefits skin conditions. Because Quercetin can block mast cells, it can reduce the severity and number of times our skin reacts to our environment. Many people have seen improvement in skin disorders such as dermatitis, psoriasis, and photosensitivity. (2)
Pain Killer. Because Quercetin has such strong anti-inflammatory properties it can greatly reduce the pain of most arthritis conditions, bladder and prostate issues. (3)
Natural sources of Quercetin include apples, peppers, red wine, dark cherries, cranberries, red onions, olive oil and beans. Sometimes it can be helpful to take a supplement if your diet isn’t providing the foods that are rich in quercetin or you have histamine intolerance.
I have found quercetin is helpful to take before eating a meal. It really seems to inhibit my bodies inflammatory response to the foods and my environment. For instance, I don’t retain fluids near as much when I take it 15min. before eating. It’s also great for seasonal allergies instead of taking an over the counter anti-histamine. It gets to the root of the issue, blocking mast cells from releasing histamine rather than just blocking the receptor cells.
Quercetin needs to be taken in caution with blood thinners because it can enhance their effects.