|How Quercetin Works|
Quercetin is a flavonol type of flavonoid found in plants that have a number of naturally-occurring properties that are beneficial to human and animal health.8 Studies report that this powerful phytochemical works hard to prevent or help alleviate the symptoms of a variety of diseases.
Depending on the condition, quercetin intervenes at the cellular level in a number of preventive and therapeutic ways:6
For example, quercetin inhibits uric acid production, helping to avoid the excess buildup that causes gout. This is similar to the pharmaceutical drug allopurinal. 9 And in a randomized study giving 500 mg twice a day, participants noted dramatically increased energy levels and athletic endurance.1 The lead researcher speculated that this response could be explained by preclinical evidence (in vitro) that quercetin increased mitochondria growth in cells, an important part of energy generation and overall well-being.1
Specific known health effects of quercetin include:
Quercetin, like resveratrol, is also considered a potent xeno factor, a compound that can activate our “survival ” genes when ingested. When the body is under stress, these genes produce enzymes that maintain cellular stability and promote longevity.8
Compounds found in plants that have biochemical
and antioxidant effects.
A plant chemical that has protective or
The mechanism in cells that convert energy in food to a
form usable by cells.
Also known as cytokines.