Quercitin is a plant pigment found in various fruits and vegetables with potent antioxidant capabilities quercitin helps counteract the effects of aging and inflammation. Its potent anti-inflammatory benefits can help effectively fight conditions linked to inflammation such as heart disease, arthritis, stomach ulcers, chronic fatigue syndrome, and diabetes.
Quercitin provides natural allergy relief by stabilizing the release of histamines from certain immune cells – resulting in decreased symptoms like watery eyes, runny rose, swollen lips or tongue, and indigestion.
It also helps protect against damage caused by excessive stress levels by suppressing the enzyme necessary for cortisol release, a hormone that produces the “fight or flight” response. During ongoing stress, extended exposure to cortisol can lead to protein breakdown and muscle tissue damage. This combined with its ability to positively affect blood flow and decrease susceptibility to illness after periods of heavy exercise have made it a popular supplement for athletes. In fact, researchers from the School of Applied Physiology at the Georgia Institute of Technology found that, on average, “quercetin provides a statistically significant benefit in human endurance exercise capacity and endurance exercise performance.”
Some foods with the highest concentration of Quercitin in nature are Capers, Onions, Cranberries, and Blueberries.