Mother Nature provides us with so many amazing nutrients it’s impossible to know them all, but there is one that we would like to highlight today: quercetin.
Research has shown quercetin to have antiviral, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Not only are these properties beneficial to heart health, but they are key to living a longer, healthier life. Let’s dive in.
Read on to discover all the heart healthy benefits of quercetin and where to find it in food.
Quercetin is a plant pigment that falls in the category of bioflavonoids which are found in a variety of fruits and vegetables. It is a potent antioxidant which helps to fight things like oxidative stress, inflammation, and aging.
How does it do this?
It does this by supporting our immune function through battling free radicals. Free radicals cause oxidative stress, which sabotages our immune system. Oxidative stress is a natural byproduct of our cells, and we need antioxidants to prevent it from causing inflammation and wreaking havoc in our bodies.
Heart Health Benefits
When we can mitigate inflammation, we can avoid the “downstream effect” of disease. The antioxidant quercetin is a key player in the fight against:
- Heart Disease
- High Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
- Blood Flow Issues
- Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
Other Health Benefits
Studies have shown that quercetin will benefit these health concerns as well:
By consuming foods that optimize a healthy inflammatory response, we can prevent and reverse disease.
Which Foods Are the Best Sources of Quercetin?
As always, we recommend getting nutrients from your food because of the natural cofactors it contains. With that being said, here is a list of plants that are great resources for quercetin:
- Cocoa powder
- Red onion (raw)
- Green chilis
- Red grapes
- Red wine
- Leafy greens
- Green tea
Remember, quality and preparation matter in retaining nutrients in food. Fresh, organic, Paleo choices are best.
As always, we are here to support you on your health journey. Contact one of our health coaches today for a FREE consultation.