Health Benefits of Quercitin
Other benefits include its ability to inhibit the release of histamine. As such, it is said to help mitigate conditions brought on by some type of allergin (ex. eczema, asthma, hay fever, etc) and has been ascribed anti-inflammatory properties. Indeed, the prestigious Mayo Clinic, after conducting laboratory tests, concluded that quercitin may be useful in helping to treat or prevent prostate cancer.
Apples are a rich source of a potent flavonoid called quercetin. It is a pigment with antioxidant properties and found in not only apples, but red wine, red grapes, cherries, and raspberries.
Notice that all of these fruits have dark pigment. You've probably heard by now that red wine, for example, is healthier than white wine. This is in part due to the higher flavonoid content.
There are many sources of quercitin including most plant foods. Black tea, broccoli, onions, and red apples are just a few of them. It comes in the form of concentrated powder, tablet, and capsule form. It is often packaged with Bromelaine, an enzyme found in pineapple, and is useful for the treatment of allergies and inflammation. It is believed to help the absorption of quercitin.
Turmeric is a rhizome that is smaller than ginger. Its flavor is delicate and pleasing. Turmeric comes in a number of varieties and colors - from white to deep orange. It is the dark, orange color of curcumin that causes soups, stews, curries, and rice dishes to have a deep, yellow color. The flavor of turmeric is gingery, peppery, and earthy.
Quercitin has also been shown to help the body improve the health of its capillaries and connective tissues. Due to this, quercitin has been linked to helping to alleve bruising, unsightly varicose veins, fragile cappilaries, and edema. Also, good news for allergies! Quercitin has been known to block the release of histamine, which may help aid conditions brought on by allergies.
In Europe, hesperidin and a flavonne glycoside diosmin is used to treat venous insufficiency and hemorrhoids. Hesperidin, rutin, and others are thought to be helpful in reducing capillary permeability. It may also have anti-inflammatory effects as well. These are known as Vitamin P.
On to pet food regulation. Here it gets even more ridiculous. The freedoms extended by DSHEA to humans are not given to animals. Why? Because legislators forgot to write it in. So pet food regulators approve "dehydrated garbage" (actual listing in the pet food regulators' handbook) and "dried poultry waste," but ban beneficial substances like Coenzyme Q-10, most amino acids, pollen, chondroitin, glucosamine, quercitin, ginkgo, certain omega-3 fatty acids and many others.
Oxidative stress eventually causes the production of harmful free radicals, compounds that contribute to health complications such as heart disease, urinary tract infection, cancer, and others. To be able to fight off cell damage caused by free radicals, the body needs the speedy action of antioxidants. Antioxidants may be classified into categories such as flavonoids, enzymes, thiols, and others.
Clinical studies have substantiated that curcumin also exerts very powerful antioxidant effects. As an antioxidant, curcumin is able to neutralize free radicals, chemicals that can travel through the body and cause great amounts of damage to healthy cells and cell membranes. This is important in many diseases, such as arthritis, where free radicals are responsible for the painful joint inflammation and eventual damage to the joints.