Ingredient Profile: Quercetin Dihydrate

Ingredient Profile: Quercetin Dihydrate

Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that is found in many fruits and vegetables. It is technically deemed to be a plant pigment. It has long been considered one of the most abundant antioxidants in the human diet and is one of the ingredients you’ll find in Recover Surge. Besides the benefits it provides athletes like assisting with muscle recovery, combating inflammation, supporting mental sharpness and peak performance, Quercetin Dihydrate supports several natural health benefits too.

Despite the fact that we can obtain Quercetin from a healthy diet, there are also supplements readily available besides Recover Surge, which makes it easier to get a healthy amount of Quercetin Dihydrate in our diet. Quercetin Dihydrate is a compound form of quercetin that is created by drawing out the water and moisture, resulting in a more effective and highly concentrated form.

As a nutritional supplement, quercetin dihydrate is sold to reduce inflammation, allergies and even body fat. As with many other bioflavonoids, Quercetin has antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties. It is also neuroactive, meaning that it can stimulate neural tissue, and is known to have similar abilities to coffee.

Quercetin has been used to take care of conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels, cholesterol issues, heart disease and circulation problems. It has also been used with diabetes, hay fever, inflammation, asthma, as a cancer preventative, and for chronic prostate infections. Athletes have used Quercetin Dihydrate to boost endurance.

Benefits of Quercetin Dihydrate

Lowers Inflammation
Flavonoids, such as Quercetin, have significant anti-inflammatory properties because they act as antioxidants. The role of antioxidants is to combat the natural process of oxidation which occurs over time as we age. Quercetin can aid by preventing any damage to particles in the body called free radicals. Free radicals can have a negative effect on how our cells work.

Studies have shown that inflammation is the root cause of many diseases. These range from heart disease, cancers, cognitive decline, and some mental or autoimmune diseases. There is still much research to be done on the long-term effects of taking antioxidant supplements to reduce inflammatory illnesses, the majority of the research has been done on the foods with a high level of natural flavonoids and quercetin.

One study has found that men who take quercetin suffer scarcer symptoms of prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate). Taking quercetin orally appears to decrease pain and improve quality of life. It has not shown to help urination problems for men with constant prostate issues that are not caused by infection.

Fights Allergies
A number of studies have shown the antihistamine properties of quercetin. It has shown to be effective for naturally reducing the effects of both seasonal and food allergies, in addition to asthma and some skin allergies.

A histamine is a compound discharged by cells in response to injury and in allergic and inflammatory reactions. They are also what accounts for unpleasant symptoms we face when the body suffers an allergic reaction. Quercetin can help to steady the release of histamines from selected immune cells, resulting in decreased symptoms such as coughs, watery eyes, runny nose, swollen lips and hives.

Enhanced Exercise Stamina
Quercetin is often found in athletic supplements as it is thought to help boost athletic performance and endurance. This is likely a result of its positive effects on blood flow. Studies have not yet shown vast results, but given Quercetin’s antioxidant properties it seems right that boosted performance could occur due to increased health of blood vessels, whose role is to carry oxygen and nutrients to muscle and joint tissue.

Further research demonstrates that Quercetin can help to improve immune function and prevent receptiveness to illnesses that can occur with intense training.

Supports Cardiovascular Health
Given its ability to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, quercetin may well be of value to those with heart or blood-vessel related disorders. Research has shown that ingesting flavonoids, particularly Quercetin can offer a two-fold benefit in stimulating cardiovascular health. Primarily it supports blood flow. Secondly, antioxidants appear to defend the body against experiencing escalations of LDL or “bad” cholesterol and can help to normalize blood pressure levels.

Side Effects of Quercetin Dihydrate

Quercetin has a number of medical benefits, however, despite its numerous advantages, it can trigger various side effects. Always check with a physician before using.

Gastrointestinal Distress for those with particularly sensitive stomachs it may be difficult to digest Quercetin Dihydrate, specifically in high doses on an empty stomach. Common side effects can include upset stomach, indigestion, acid reflux, heartburn, persistent abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, sweating and flushing of the skin. To reduce the risk of developing any side effects it is advised to take Quercetin Dihydrate with food.

Allergic Reaction some people may suffer allergic reactions. Signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction to quercetin include rashes, itching, difficulty breathing, wheezing, hives, mouth sores and swelling of the tongue, lips or throat.

Drug Interactions it is possible that Quercetin may hamper the effect of certain drugs, including antibiotics. Be sure to consult your physician if you are taking any medications before supplementing with quercetin dihydrate.

Top Natural Sources of Quercetin
There are of course many readily available Quercetin Dihydrate supplements, including Recover Surge. However, if supplements aren't your things, we can also supplement our diets with Quercetin rich foods. All red, green and purple-pigmented plants are bursting with Quercetin — red wine, blueberries, apples, red onions, capers and even green tea are some of the best sources of Quercetin. The levels of Quercetin in plant foods can differ depending on where they’re grown, how fresh they are, the ways in which they are prepared and so on. 

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Stephanie Contomichalos
Stephanie Contomichalos - Author

Stephanie Contomichalos is a sports enthusiast. She is an avid crossfitter, wakeboarder and has recently qualified as a Level 1 CrossFit coach. She is also an advocate for women’s sport and for using sport as a tool for development. She is currently living in Athens, Greece. To connect with Stephanie, follow her on Twitter (@ssconto) or on Instagram.

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