Quercetin is an antioxidant that became widely known in the past few years because of its powerful immune-strengthening effects. It’s definitely one of nature’s best tools to fight off viruses, and here are 5 more reasons to keep quercetin in your remedy cabinet!
1. Quercetin for seasonal allergy relief
Anyone who suffers from an overly sensitive immune system knows how disruptive allergy symptoms can be. And in Canada, the number of allergy sufferers is rising each year. Quercetin is well-loved by hay-fever and ragweed sufferers for its ability to help control allergy symptoms. If you start taking it now in early spring, it helps to keep histamine levels in check before symptoms even have a chance to start.
Quercetin minimizes allergy symptoms in a number of ways by:
- Balancing T-helper cells and antigen-specific antibodies
- Inhibiting the production and release of histamine
- Stabilizing the cell membranes of mast cells (immune cells that produce histamine and cause allergic responses like itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and congestion).
These immune regulating and anti-inflammatory actions make Quercetin a highly useful supplement to prevent allergic rhinitis, seasonal allergies, and other chronic allergic responses, such as dust allergy.
2. Quercetin might help you maintain your waistline
EMIQ (a highly bioavailable form of quercetin) can have significant effects in reducing body fat accumulation, especially belly or “visceral” fat. Quercetin promotes enzymes that help with the breakdown of fat within fat cells, especially in the abdominal area.
In the first human double blind study of quercetin, 200 overweight and obese participants (102 men and 98 women) were randomly divided into two groups. During a 12 week period, they were given a daily dose of 275 mg of EMIQ or a placebo. In the test group, abdominal total fat area, visceral fat area, subcutaneous fat area and waist circumference reduced significantly compared to placebo group. The overall reduction in body fat was over 20 percent! A followup study by the same research group found that a dosage of 110 mg per day resulted in similar benefits.
3. Scientists were surprised to find out that quercetin can reduce colds while improving mental/physical performance in athletes.
During a human clinical trial in athletes, 40 trained male cyclists were given either quercetin or a placebo daily for three weeks. The study confirmed previous findings that quercetin improved physical performance, in this case by 57%. What surprised researchers was that only one of the 20 cyclists given quercetin developed cold symptoms, while nine of 20 in the placebo group displayed respiratory tract symptoms, indicating that it also is effective in reducing upper respiratory tract congestion and other symptoms.
4. Essential blood vessel protection
Emerging evidence suggests that the inflammatory response to some viruses can stress the immune system and cause blood vessel damage. Quercetin can help by reducing the oxidative damage to vessel walls. This protection extends through the 96,000 km of blood vessels and capillaries contained in the human body, supplying nutrients and oxygen to every cell.
5. Quercetin can be hard for your body to absorb.
Why? The molecular composition of quercetin affects its ability to enter the blood stream and then into the cell. But the good news: Bioactive Quercetin EMIQ® has been developed as a solution to quercetin’s low bioavailability. It combines all of the natural antioxidant benefits of quercetin, as well as vitamin C, but with 40 times greater absorption. EMIQ (a natural process that stands for enzymatically modified isoquercitrin) is a highly bioavailable, water-soluble quercetin compound that reaches peak level in the bloodstream in just 15 minutes for rapid antioxidant support.
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