Supplements and health
Quercetin is certainly among the most famous food supplements. This element has in fact made its way, in a very short time, as an ally to protect the health of many when combined with a healthy diet and physical activity. But let’s find out more.
What is quercetin
Quercetin is a pigment that belongs to a group of plant compounds called flavonoids which are naturally present in vegetables, fruit, grains, tea, and wine.
They have been linked to numerous health benefits, including reduced risks of heart disease, cancer, and degenerative brain disorders. The beneficial effects of flavonoids such as quercetin stem from their ability to function as antioxidants within the body (antioxidants are compounds that can bind and neutralize free radicals).
Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause cell damage when their levels get too high. Damage caused by free radicals has been linked to numerous chronic conditions, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Quercetin is the most abundant flavonoid in the diet. It is estimated that an average person consumes 10-100 mg per day from various food sources. Foods that commonly contain quercetin include onions, apples, grapes, berries, broccoli, citrus fruits, cherries, green tea, coffee, red wine, and capers. It is also available as a dietary supplement in powder and capsule form.
Who takes quercetin and why
People take this supplement for several reasons:
• it increases immunity
• it fights inflammation
• it fights allergies
•it helps exercise performance
• it maintains general health