Scientists have found a number of possible uses for quercetin, and these would include cataracts, diabetes, atherosclerosis, hay fever, high cholesterol, allergies, asthma and peptic ulcers. But it is important to note, most of the research on quercetin has been found in results from epidemiological, or population studies. Laboratory research using in vitro experiments has also been used to explore and investigate a variety of possible uses.
The primary use for quercetin, at the present time, is to combat allergies and inflammation. Research studies have found that quercetin, as a bioflavonoid, is an effective obstacle to the release of histamine from mast cells-the initiating cause of a characteristic allergic reaction. Results from animal and human research using in vitro methods have been found to support these facts.
Research studies have shown quercetin obstructs the pro-inflammatory arachidonic acid metabolites, suggesting it acts to prevent inflammation. Quercetin is used many times with other natural nutrient therapies. The enzyme bromelain is used in many natural formulas to reduce or prevent inflammation.
Quercetin has also have been found to have beneficial effects as a supportive therapy for peptic ulcers. It has been found that many times peptic ulcers are the result of infectious bacteria, Heliobacter pylori. Scientists have found that quercetin restrains the growth of Heliobacter pylori in laboratory in vitro studies. Quercetin’s anti-inflammatory action is the reason it is used in ulcer therapy. It is important that a doctor make the decision about what will be used to treat a problem of ulcers.
Research using Epidemiological studies have provided data that a higher bioflavonoid intake produces a much lower risk of creating diseases such as heart disease. The Hertog epidemiological study reported that quercetin could help reduce the danger of strokes. If you have a family history of stroke and cardiovascular disease, quercetin would be very useful. Because quercetin is one of the most abundant dietary bioflavonoids, scientists believe that like other bioflavonoids, quercetin provides beneficial effects on the heart by obstructing platelet aggregation through its anti-oxidant activity. Research has provided very sound data that quercetin reduces blood-platelet aggregation, but clinical studies are needed to give the above data a real solid foundation in fact. I am sure that this type of research is in motion at the present time and will produce amazing discoveries as time goes by.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a Doctor and do not give medical advice; this is a news report and cannot substitute for the advice of a medical professional.