What is Quercetin and why is it important?

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 "Quercetin could be one of the most important discoveries in nutrition in a very long time," says Dr. Mark Davis, Ph.D. University of South Carolina and Well & Company Scientific Advisor 

Quercetin (kwur-si-tin) is a revolutionary, all-natural antioxidant found in foods such as blueberries and apples and is sourced from the Uncaria Plant in Brazil.  Quercetin helps reduce inflammation associated with exercise.  It aids in respiratory support, heart health, metabolism, mood, cognitive and sports performance.  With over 10,000 scientific studies on the benefits of Quercetin, it has been shown to help sustain your natural energy, improve function of the immune system, maintains healthy inflammatory response and aids in overall metabolic health.

Scientists believe Quercetin works at the cellular level with your body to produce and sustain your own natural energy. Quercetin mimics the effects of exercise by enhancing the production of mitochondria, the energy-producing units in our cells. Until now, exercise was the only practical way to increase mitochondria in cells. 

Quercetin is a dietary flavonoid (aka bioflavonoid), part of a pigmented (colored) family of compounds found in virtually all plants. Flavonoids are responsible for most of the brilliant yellow, orange, and red pigments of fruits and vegetables, and function as antioxidants in the body. To date, more than 6,000 flavonoids have been identified. Flavonoids have been studied extensively for their impacts and possible positive effects on human health.

Quercetin is found in red wine, the skin of apples and onions (especially red onions), berries, buckwheat, green tea, and to a somewhat lesser degree red grapes, citrus fruits, tomato, broccoli, leafy greens, cherries, raspberries, cranberries, and other fruits and vegetables.

Quercetin has been popular with consumers of natural products and dietary supplements, mostly due to its natural antihistamine effects. Studies have demonstrated that Quercetin can assist the body in producing glutathione, which is the primary antioxidant in the body’s cells. Glutathione supports the immune system. Glutathione levels are reduced by aging, stress, pollution, poor diet, trauma, infections, and certain medications.

“Quercetin exerts strong anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-pathogenic, and immune regulatory effects in vitro and in animal-based studies. In human studies, quercetin has shown to lower blood pressure, and in athletes it significantly reduces the incidence of the common cold, especially during periods of heavy training and race competition” - Dr. David Nieman, Director, Human Performance Lab - North Carolina Research Center

“Among Quercetin’s many potential benefits is illness prevention. In a randomized, placebo-controlled study, Quercetin helped prevent viral illnesses, like colds and flu, after physical exertion. Following a strenuous 3-day exercise routine, 50% of the control group became ill with colds and flu, whereas only 5% of the Quercetin supplemented group did.” - Tony Tether, Director, DARPA

Quercetin research has demonstrated a positive effect on energy expenditure, supporting optimal metabolism. It has shown to increase the production of mitochondria, which are the part of cells responsible for energy production, in brain and muscle cells. Quercetin has a positive impact on blood sugar function, by protecting the cells that produce insulin in the body. The antioxidant activity of quercetin may support liver health, and may offer protection for the cells lining the sinuses.

 

Click the video link below to see what Dr. James Rouse has to say about Quercetin: 

Dr. James Talks Quercetin

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