(NaturalHealth365) Quercetin is a potent antioxidant that is abundant in vegetables, berries and other fruits. It can also be taken in supplement form and is among a group of healing compounds called flavonoids that have a range of healthy properties, including a natural anti-inflammatory.
Vitamin C is also known for its positive effects against inflammation and infection. While it is a well-known ally in fighting the common cold, vitamin C can do so much more for human health. In fact, in high enough doses, vitamin C has been shown to be quite effective against diabetes and cancer.
Quercetin and vitamin C combine for huge health benefits
Additional research has shown that combining quercetin and vitamin C can have profound, beneficial effects on reducing both cell damage and inflammation that can otherwise lead to illnesses and premature death.
A 2012 study looked at 60 healthy young males ages 19 to 23. These individuals were given either just 250 mg of daily vitamin C, 500 mg of quercetin, or both vitamin C and quercetin, or just a placebo daily for eight weeks.
Interesting to note: The subjects avoided other vitamins and supplements during the study. They also refrained from using both prescription drugs and herbal remedies known to affect the immune system both before and during the study. Participants provided information on their current diet, exercise activity, and any side effects experienced during the study.
The results showed that the most noteworthy improvements to inflammation levels and cell health came from the group taking a combination of quercetin and vitamin C. Researchers found a nearly 50 percent decrease in C-reactive protein levels compared with a 35 percent decrease in the control group, vitamin C-only group, and quercetin-only group.
Vitamin C enhances the beneficial properties of quercetin
Researchers also saw a 62 percent decrease in IL-6, an inflammatory protein marker, compared with a 47 percent increase of this marker in the placebo group. The vitamin C-only and quercetin-only groups showed no statistically significant improvements.
The reason for this strong benefit from the combination of quercetin and vitamin C is believed to be due to the enhancing effect of vitamin C in regenerating quercetin and supporting its antioxidant qualities. Ingesting quercetin and vitamin C may also improve the bioavailability of quercetin.
Levels of key inflammatory markers can predict risk of premature death
Elevated levels of IL-6, a C-reactive protein, and other inflammatory cytokines are known markers of a higher risk of inflammation which can lead to major health issues like a stroke, heart attack and Alzheimer’s disease. The medical world has known about this correlation for some time.
However, a recent study has shown that IL-6 and C-reactive protein levels are actually predictive of mortality from any cause. When both compounds are elevated, the risk of early death can be up to 2.6 times higher. This correlation with inflammation and a higher risk of illness and death can be useful in determining who would be best served by a quercetin and vitamin C regimen. However, it’s clear that anyone who wishes to lower inflammation and boost their overall health can benefit from getting more of these powerful compounds.
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