Quercetin belongs to a group of plant pigments called flavonoids and is actually a very powerful antioxidant that helps our body in its fight against free radicals (damaging particles) which damage healthy body cells. This extraordinary nutrient acts as an antihistamine, but is also said to have antiviral activity, helps the body to protect against cancer, has an anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic effect. Some researches have shown it also prevents diabetes. It has demonstrated benefits for the nerve system, improves immunity system and it may be a perfect alley when it comes to maintaining ideal weight. Quercetin-rich foods can be found almost anywhere, including apples, citrus fruits, red onion, broccoli, green leafy vegetables and black grapes. Interestingly, some researches indicated that quercetin found in onion is the most valuable for our body since it is the best-absorbed one. Furthermore, several research studies on quercetin health benefits that were performed on laboratory mice have shown quercetin acting as free radical scavengers. These studies have also indicated that quercetin may act as an antioxidant which is of particular importance for preserving the health of livers and cardiovascular system. It also works as an antihistamine in the way that it inhibits the enzymatic reactions which cause allergy reactions.
Additionally, quercetin has found to possess neuroprotective effect in diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
Not only that, by eating quercetin-rich foods we also protect our skin from harmful UV radiation. If your diet is based upon fresh and natural food (unprocessed ones), then you won’t have to worry about whether or not you’re consuming enough quercetin. And remember, an old saying has said it right: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Translation: G. Dujmović