Quercetin Benefits and Healing Characteristics
By Dr. Renae Norton
I cannot stop talking about Quercetin.
It is a naturally occurring dietary flavonoid, that is well known for ameliorating chronic diseases and delaying the aging process. In terms of preventing COVID its antiviral properties can interfere with various stages of the coronavirus entry and replication cycle. That may not sound like a big deal, but essentially it means that it can prevent COVID and treat it. The potential is such that it may even be an adjunct to the drug arsenal against coronavirus infections.
Even more interesting, is that it seems to work synergistically with C and D to create an antiviral action that could actually be an alternative to vaccination. This would be especially important for people for whom vaccination is contra-indicated or for those individuals who are uncomfortable with vaccinations in general.
Healing Characteristics of Quercetin
Quercetin is a pigment that belongs to a group of plant compounds called flavonoids which are found in:
Quercetin is known as an antioxidant powerhouse that takes down free radicals as well as for it’s anti-allergic properties. It has been shown to stimulate the immune system, act as an antiviral, inhibit histamine release, and decrease in pro-inflammatory cytokines. The latter is important because one of the most dangerous symptoms of COVID is the “cytokine storm.”
It has also been shown to be effective in treating late-phase and late-late-phase bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis and restricted peanut-induced anaphylactic reactions. Not only is it one of the most abundant antioxidants in our diet, it also plays an important role in helping our bodies combat free radical damage, which is linked to chronic diseases like diabetes, high cholesterol and vascular disease.
The way it works is that its’ antioxidant properties (compounds that can bind to and neutralize free radicals, which age us and cause disease) appear to reduce the following:
Side Note: Until I began to use Quercetin daily, I had to go to an allergist at least every 2 or three months for continuous post-nasal drip. No more, not even when I eat my beloved prunes, which cause an allergic reaction. (Read More about the Health Benefits of Prunes Here)
Foods that commonly contain quercetin include:
-Peppers — yellow and green
-Onions — red and white
-Red leaf lettuce
-Berries — all types, such as cranberries, blueberries, and raspberries
-Tea — green and black
It’s also available as a dietary supplement in powder and capsule form.
People take this supplement for several reasons, including to:
-Aid exercise performance
-Maintain general health
Given that I mentioned vitamins C and D at the beginning of the article, I want to remind you that we don’t have access to a lot of good vitamin C supplements in the U.S. I recommend getting your vitamin C from either Kakadu Plum powder or from Camu Camu. Both are potent sources of the best vitamin C in the world.
As for the vitamin D3, always get that from the sun or from a vitamin D sunlamp. (Sperti makes the only one I know of that is just vitamin D.) (Read More About Sperti Lamp Here) The app D-Minder is a great way to track your vitamin D3 levels.
I have been researching additional situations where Quercetin could be extremely beneficial. I will be sharing these with you over the next few weeks. Here is the brand I buy with a link to Amazon to purchase if you would like to try it for yourself.
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