WHY QUERCETIN?

WHAT IS IT?

Quercetin is the most abundant flavonoid in the human diet, providing you eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables. A flavonoid is a plant pigment with antioxidant properties. Quercetin is found in many fruits, vegetables and herbs and is safe to consume.

WHERE CAN IT BE FOUND?

Quercetin is found naturally in many plant foods, particularly in the outer layer or peel. Onions are the food found to have the highest amount of quercetin.

  • Food Sources:
  • Red Apples
  • Red Grapes
  • Cherries
  • Berries
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Honey
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Leafy Greens: Red Leaf Lettuce, Kale, etc.
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Onions
  • Shallots
  • Capers
  • Tea: Green, Black & Buckwheat

The amount of quercetin in foods may depend on the conditions in which the food was grown. Organic sources have been shown to have higher concentrations than their conventionally grown counterparts.

It’s estimated that the average person consumes 10–100 mg of quercetin daily from fruits, vegetables, and herbal sources.

WHAT ARE ITS HEALTH BENEFITS?

The health benefits of flavonoids, like quercetin, come from their antioxidant functions inside the body. Antioxidants bind and neutralize free radicals, preventing them from causing cellular damage. This damage leads to inflammation. Normally, the inflammation goes away after the immune system eliminates the offender or repairs the damaged tissue. When the body is unable to do this, the inflammation becomes chronic and may lead to numerous chronic conditions, including:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Autoimmune conditions
    • In an 8-week study of 50 women with rheumatoid arthritis, it was observed that the women who took 500 mg of quercetin daily experienced significantly reduced early morning stiffness, morning pain, and after-activity pain. They also had reduced markers of inflammation, such as TNFα, compared to those who received a placebo. (Pub Med)
    • This research is promising but more research in humans is needed.

ARE THERE BENEFITS OR DANGERS TO TAKING IT AS A SUPPLEMENT?

When consumed in food, quercetin is generally safe for everyone, including pregnant and breastfeeding women. Because studies on safety of quercetin supplements are lacking, supplements should be avoided if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Quercetin may interact with various medications, including blood thinners, blood pressure medications, and antibiotics. Speak with your health care provider before taking any supplement, including quercetin.

As a supplement, quercetin appears to be generally safe with little to no side effects and many potential benefits.

Typical dosages range from 500–1,000 mg per day

Taking more than 1,000 mg of quercetin per day may cause mild symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Stomachaches
  • Tingling sensations in the arms and legs

Very high doses of quercetin may damage the kidneys.

  • People with kidney disease should avoid quercetin

Quercetin has been safely used in amounts up to 500 mg twice daily for 12 weeks.

  • It is unknown if long-term use or higher doses are safe
  • Taking periodic breaks from taking quercetin may be a good idea

On its own, as a supplement, quercetin has a low bioavailability, which means your body absorbs it poorly.

Taking quercetin supplements with other compounds, such as Zinc, Vitamin C, or Digestive Enzymes like Bromelain, may increase effectiveness.

Quercetin is available as a dietary supplement in powder and capsule form.

SUMMARY

People take this supplement for several reasons, including to:

  • Boost immunity
  • Fight inflammation
  • Combat allergies
  • Increase exercise performance
  • Maintain general health

The benefits of Quercetin are promising but more human research is needed.

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DETOX STEP 2 – Liver Support

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO IMPROVE YOUR LIVER HEALTH?

Becoming aware of what is helpful and what is harmful is the first step. Taking actionable steps to implement these findings is the key to wellness.

YOUR DETOX SYSTEMS

  • Liver & Gallbladder
  • Gastrointestinal – Stomach, Intestines, Colon
  • Urinary – Kidneys, Bladder, Urethra
  • Skin – Sweat & Sebaceous Glands
  • Respiratory – Lungs, Throat, Sinuses, Mouth, Nose
  • Lymphatic – Channels & Nodes

CONDITIONS THAT MAY BE PRECIPITATED BY TOXINS

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cancer
  • Skin Rashes
  • Fatigue
  • Thyroid Issues
  • Prostate Issues
  • Fertility Issues
  • Auto Immune Conditions
  • Fibrocystic Breasts &/or Ovaries
  • Environmental Sensitivities
  • Constipation &/or Diarrhea
  • Bad Breath

THE LIVER – YOUR BODY’S FILTRATION SYSTEM

Think of your liver as being similar to a furnace filter. If not properly cared for, a furnace filter will get clogged. If you don’t provide a clean filter for the furnace it will not function efficiently and this could potentially cause damage to the furnace itself. The same is true of your liver. If detoxification is not supported and if you are taking in medications or other toxins that can impair the function of your liver, your body will not operate efficiently and could potentially be damaged.

  • Lack of detoxification supporting nutrition leads to malfunctioning systems in the body as toxins build up, this places an unwanted burden on the liver.
  • Good nutrition can prevent a lot of hardship, sickness and sadness
  • Your liver has two detoxification pathways: Phase I and II. These pathways are interrelated and both need to be supported for the liver to function efficiently.
  • The liver has many functions in the body: metabolizing the products of digestion from the stomach, processing and helping to rid the body of toxins, storing iron, providing essential energy producing substances, maintaining hormonal balance, regulating blood clotting, producing bile and producing cholesterol and other fats needed by the body.
  • If the liver malfunctions, toxins and hormones accumulate in the body causing inflammatory and neurological disease.
  • You can support your liver by limiting the toxic load you are taking in from your environment and by supporting its function through your dietary intake of nourishing organic nutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals.
  • Evaluate your cleaning supplies, cosmetics, lotions, tampons, plastics, soaps, detergents, and new carpet, flooring & furniture (off-gassing).
  • Compounds in the following foods have been found to support the liver detox process:
    • Cruciferous Vegetables
    • Green Leafy Vegetables
    • Garlic
    • Onion
    • Cardamom
    • Turmeric
  • There are many things that can inhibit your liver’s function
    • Medications
      • Antihistamines (Claritin, Zyrtec, Benadryl, Allegra)
      • Benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax)
      • H2 Blockers (Tagamet, Zantac)
      • Antifungals
      • Antibiotics
    • Deficiencies in Vitamins & Minerals
      • Vitamin B2
      • Vitamin B3
      • Copper
      • Magnesium
      • Zinc
    • Grapefruit Juice
    • Age, decreased blood flow to the liver
    • Lack of Physical Activity
    • Poor Nutrition

IMPORTANT: Support and Balance Both Phases of Liver Detoxification. If Phase II is slower than Phase I, then the toxins processed by Phase I are in a state that can cause more harm in the body. This imbalance can occur in two ways: over burdening the Phase I process and under nourishing the Phase II process.

PHASE I (TRANSFORMATION) – Start the Job: Lessen the Burden Phase I of liver detox is burdened by the over exposure to environmental toxins: from the air we breathe, the water we drink, the contaminants and pesticides in the food we eat, and all other toxins we introduce through topical products, cleaning supplies and medications, both over-the-counter and prescription. All of these add to the burden on the liver. This excessive burden can impair the liver’s ability to properly metabolize the toxins and the liver will produce a dangerously high level of free radicals that must be further metabolized by Phase II to protect against oxidative cell damage.

Phase II (CONJUGATION) – Finish the Job: Bind the Toxins Phase II of liver detoxification has a huge job to conjugate and eliminate the bio-transformed substances from Phase I. If the Phase II process is impaired, due to a lack of micronutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals, it is not capable of keeping up with the toxic load it is given from the Phase I process. These substances are potentially more toxic now that they have been transformed. If the water soluble toxic substances are not effectively eliminated from the body, they are now more dangerous because they can attach to cells in the body other than fat cells, where they are typically stored.

LIVER DETOXIFICATION IS ESSENTIAL FOR HEALTH If the liver malfunctions, toxins and hormones accumulate in the body causing inflammatory and neurological disease.

Supporting your liver function is just one great reason to eat organic and to incorporate juice fasting into your dietary plan.

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO:

  • Limit toxins taken into or put onto your body
  • Support your liver with organic vegetables, garlic, onion, cardamom & turmeric
  • Incorporate juice fasting into your dietary plan.

It may not be realistic for you to eat 100% organic or to completely eliminate all environmental toxins but your health is definitely worth making the effort.