Recently we’ve been writing about an antioxidant plant flavonoid called quercetin as an essential component of an immune defense arsenal. But there are many other reasons to include quercetin, which has been used for centuries as a component of healing herbs like St. John’s Wort and Ginkgo Biloba, in your supplement program, whether you want to get well or just stay well.
Quercetin is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and it stimulates the body to produce a wide range of additional antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying chemicals.
Quercetin has demonstrated anti-diabetic, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. It supports cardiovascular, urinary, and nervous system health, and has been shown to protect against stress, cataracts, osteoporosis, and heavy metal toxicity.
Quercetin helps shed excess weight, it increases and sustains a high level of energy and endurance, maximizes physical and mental performance, and helps to reduce the risk of infection during intense exercise. It also lowers blood pressure, strengthens capillaries, and thins the blood. It helps prevent cancer through a variety of mechanisms, especially hormonally driven cancers, and it has been shown to protect against DNA and RNA damage by estrogenic toxins like Bisphenol-A (BPA).
Quercetin works synergistically with vitamin C to build collagen, the basic protein building block for constructing body tissues from the skin to bones, and may even prevent and reverse bone loss. Quercetin and vitamin C regenerate each other as antioxidants and work together as anti-inflammatories to help alleviate pain, subdue allergic reactions, and support healing in any situation involving inflammation (which would include all chronic disease).
Quercetin enhances the body’s innate immune system and stimulates the body’s own repair mechanisms more effectively than any other anti-inflammatory or phytonutrient, especially in combination with the pomegranate juice powder and OPCs (orthoproanthocyanidins).
You can get quercetin in its safest and most bioavailable form, quercetin di-hydrate, plus OPCs with or without pomegranate juice powder from Beyond Health.
Beyond Health Quercetin Pro, designed for people who are basically healthy and want to stay that way, combines quercetin di-hydrate with rutin, another plant flavonoid, and whole grape extract (a source of OPCs).
Rutin helps the body utilize vitamin C and maintain collagen, and it is especially known for strengthening blood vessels, preventing bruising, bleeding, and varicose veins.
OPCs provide advanced cell stress protection and connective tissue repair. They are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-microbial, and anti-cancer.
Beyond Health Cell Repair is a high-potency formula (four times as much quercetin per capsule) designed for people dealing with a disease. It adds freeze-dried pomegranate juice powder. Pomegranate is exceptionally high in antioxidant potency, and a unique process is used to maximize its ellagic acid (antioxidant) content.
One capsule of Quercetin Pro daily (250 mg. of quercetin) is recommended for general health. Practitioners often recommend 1,000-2,000 mg of quercetin daily and more for disease support.
Check with your healthcare provider first if you plan to take more than 1,000 mg. of quercetin daily and/or you’re taking prescription drugs. Quercetin interacts with a number of pharmaceutical drugs.
- Tsuji M. Dietary quercetin inhibits bone loss without effect on the uterus of ovariectomized mice. Journal of Bone Mineral Metabolism. 2009; 27(6): 673-681.
- Daneshvar P. Effect of eight weeks of quercetin supplementation on exercise performance, muscle damage and body muscle in male badminton players. International Journal of Preventive Medicine. April 2013, 4(Suppl1):S53-S57.