Quercetin is a natural pigment present in many fruits and vegetables; it is part of a class of plant compounds called flavonoids that act as antioxidants in the body and have many health benefits.
Antioxidants have the role of helping the body to fight free radicals and thus reduce inflammation. While a little inflammation is good, too much may lead to chronic diseases, like cancer and heart disease.
Quercetin may help the body reduce allergic reactions by blocking an enzyme that creates inflammation. In addition to that, the consumption of quercetin has been linked to a better exercise performance, blood sugar and blood pressure control.
Quercetin is better absorbed in combination with vitamin C and the digestive enzyme bromelain, found in pineapples. Certain studies found an evidence that quercetin together with vitamin C has antiviral properties and was used as prophylactic treatment in patients with SARS-Cov-2.
Considering all the above, one should start eating more foods that are abundant in quercetin. Apples and onions are the queens, however.. cherries, grapes, citrus fruits, berries, broccoli, green tea, coffee, red wine and capers, are all very good options, as well.
Or you could simply go for our C-o(i)munitate smoothie, that is packed with vitamin C, bromelain and quercetin. Enjoy!