Quercetin is a remarkable bioflavonoid. The term bioflavonoid refers to a large family of chemicals found throughout the plant world. Bioflavonoids are sometimes called Vitamin P; however they are not technically vitamins. So what exactly is a bioflavonoid? Bioflavonoids are phytochemicals or plant derivatives that can have remarkable effects on biochemical pathways in human physiology.
Bioflavonoids occur naturally in fruits and vegetables but they are subject to rapid decomposition and degradation during storage and cooking. Bioflavonoids are considered synergists to Vitamin C and must be combined with Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) for optimal benefit.
Quercetin’s particular antioxidant activity has been found to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Quercetin helps to dilate and relax blood vessels and has a protective effect against certain types of arrhythmias. It is the major active component of ginkgo biloba and may be responsible for the beneficial effects that Ginkgo has on brain neurons.
Its antiviral activity is particularly significant today as we face new viral diseases capable of adjusting to various pharmacological treatments. Quercetin is a remarkable bioflavonoid that can help to protect the body against viral or bacterial invasion if given before an infection progresses. It is valuable as an immune system booster and a protectant against disease.