Onion Power!

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by Dr. Mercola

Eighty-seven percent of U.S. adults say they like onions,1 which is great news since they’re one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Rich in vitamin C, sulphuric compounds, flavonoids, and other phytochemicals,2 an onion a day may help keep the doctor away.

Onions are surprisingly high in beneficial polyphenols, which play an important role in preventing and reducing the progression of diabetes, cancer, and neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases.

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Quercetin as an Anti-Cancer Nutrient

Quercetin is a common flavonoid found in many fruits and plants. Of the numerous studies published regarding quercetin’s anti-cancer properties, some show how quercetin in and of itself provides significant anti-cancer activity. A number of other studies show how quercetin can be combined with chemo drugs to boost their effectiveness, especially in situations of drug resistance to treatment. (more…)

Quercetin Helps Veins Function Better

Inflammation is common, especially when a person is under high stress or in a state of wear and tear for whatever reason.  In these situations the circulatory system, including your heart, most copes with an increased inflammatory burden.  A new study shows that quercetin can rather dramatically stabilize small blood vessels relating to your veins, helping reduce fluid retention and specifically boost the structural integrity of your heart. (more…)

Quercetin for Allergic Asthma

For two decades, quercetin has claimed nutritional fame as the most potent natural anti-histamine available.  Numerous studies have demonstrated that quercetin reduces allergic immune response by modulating inflammatory signals at the gene level.  A new animal study demonstrates that a single dose of quercetin can have a potent bronchodilator effect, offering a potential strategy for people with asthma looking for natural ways to help assist them. (more…)

Quercetin as good as resveratrol in fighting inflammation

Quercetin as good as resveratrol in fighting inflammationResearch described online on October 13, 2010 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that the ability of quercetin to reduce inflammation and insulin resistance in human fat cells is equal to or greater than that of resveratrol, a well-known plant compound that has an anti-inflammatory benefit. Quercetin is a flavonol found in plants including apples, onions, capers, lovage and grapes which have known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. (more…)

The Red Fruit Cancer-Fighter

From cherry pie to cherry-flavored cough syrup, the cherry is one of America’s most popular fruits. But beyond its sweet — and sometimes sour — flavor, what do cherries have to offer?

If you happened to read any cherry grower’s website around 2004, you would have learned that “cherries may bring pain relief to those who suffer from arthritis or gout, prevent certain cancers, prevent heart attacks, fight and prevent diseases, and prevent cataracts.”

Sounds like quite a miracle fruit. Right? A number of alternative health newsletters agreed and picked up the story: Cherries are a valuable anti-inflammatory, at the very least.

The FDA doesn’t think so. (more…)