How to Get the Most Out of Quercetin
What is Quercetin and what are its benefits?
Flavonoids, such as Quercetin, are antioxidants. They scavenge particles in the body known as free radicals which damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death. Antioxidants can neutralize these free radicals hence they are very valuable. They may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage free radicals can cause.
Quercetin may help protect against heart disease and cancer. Quercetin can also help stabilize the cells that release histamine in the body and thereby have an anti-inflammatory and antihistamine effect. This can be a great natural remedy for Hayfever sufferers.
Quercetin dosage and timing
Often taken as a natural alternative to allergy medicine, Quercetin supplements typically come in capsule form, but are also available as liquid, powder or even gummies. If you want a dietary supplement that's potent and loaded with high-quality ingredients, there are a lot of options in the market.
Common oral dosages are 500 milligrams taken once or twice a day. People have also used lower dosages as well. However, optimal doses of Quercetin have not been established for any particular condition.
For children and adults, you would dose 30-60 minutes before bedtime. You should try to avoid giving it during the day as it can interrupt the hormone cycle. You can work with your doctor on doses higher than these. (2)
Food sources of Quercetin
Quercetin is abundant in nature and foods. People typically get between 5 and 40 milligrams a day from food. But if you eat lots of fruits and vegetables, you can get as much as 500 milligrams daily. (3)
For example, think "Quercetin" the next time you pour a glass of red wine, bite into a crunchy apple, treat yourself to some berries, slice an onion, or sip a cup of green tea. Other vegetables that have high amounts of quercetin include:
- Raw Asparagus
- Red Raw Onion
- Nuts and Seeds
- Olive Oil
- Red Grapes
Quercetin is also in herbs such as:
- American elder
- St. John's wort
- Gingko biloba
Supplements containing Quercetin
The Difference Between regular Quercetin and Quercetin Dihydrate
The key difference between Quercetin and Quercetin Dihydrate is that Quercetin Dihydrate is a synthetic form. Quercetin Dihydrate has the highest bioavailability when it comes to Quercetin supplements.
Take Quercetin with Zinc
Zinc is vital for immune system function. Zinc controls immune system messaging within the cells and is also an anti-oxidant (prevents cell damage) and is anti-inflammatory. In cellular lab cultures, zinc has been shown to stop viral reproduction in minutes. One study showed that zinc inhibited SARS coronavirus in test tubes. For zinc to work effectively in the body to boost immune system function, zinc has to be pushed into the cells which would require an ionophore.
An ionophore is a substance that transports particles across the cell wall barrier into the center of the cell. The center of the cell is where zinc needs to be to have the immune system effect. Viruses reproduce in the center of the cells. Zinc needs to be in the center of the cell to stop viral reproduction. An all-natural zinc ionophore is Quercetin. The major benefit of taking Quercetin with zinc is that the Quercetin will push the zinc into the center of the cell where the zinc can stop the virus from reproducing.Think Of Zinc as the bullet and Quercetin as the gun.
The remaining carbohydrate in Natto is starch, which is broken down to provide fuel for your brain and muscles.
Based on this information, Zinc and Quercetin are absolutely needed in your anti-viral war chest and should be taken daily all winter long and or immediately at the first sign of illness. Quercetin has many benefits and getting the most out of you Quercetin can be a great addition to your health and wellness both now and for years to come.
Natto is fermented with a specific type of bacteria called Bacillus subtilis. Researchers are studying the potential of this and other Bacillus strains to improve gut health in humans. They do know that this bacteria provides probiotic benefits.
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