Quercetin and Bromelain
Saturday, October 1st 2005
There are thousands of different Bioflavonoids that are found in the white part of citrus fruits and accompanying vitamin C in plants. Most research has focused on two of these, Rutin and Hesperiden but recently another member of the complex has come into prominence - Quercetin.
Quercetin, a water soluble bioflavonoid, can inhibit DNA damage by UV light by 75 percent. Researchers also found that it helps prevent free radical damage and lipid peroxidation - processes which can contribute to cancer, heart disease and other chronic illnesses associated with ageing. Quercetin is "one of the strongest anti-cancer agents known" according to Terence Leighton Ph. D. Professor of Biochemistry at the University of California at Berkely. Apparently numerous laboratory studies reveal that Quercetin is effective against cancer because it blocks cell changes that initiate cancer and stops the spread of malignant cells that group together to become tumours. It is available as Radiance HistaEze capsules.
Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme that is often recommended for pain, inflammation and swelling and has been shown to increase absorption of Glucosamine, used to help joint problems. Researchers concur that the best results occur when bromelain is taken in dose above 500 mg per day and that results improve in a dose-dependent manner with higher levels of bromelain supplementation. Bromelain has been demonstrated to be well absorbed after an oral dose and has been shown to be safe at high dose for prolonged periods of time.
Reproduced unabridged from the October - December 2005 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
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