Quercetin is a flavonoid that occurs in many plant parts including rinds, barks, clover blossoms, and ragweed pollen. Capers are an especially rich source of quercetin. In 1962, S. Rangaswami and co-workers isolated it from Rhododendron cinnabarinum, a shrub that grows at high altitudes in Southeast Asia.
Quercetin’s bioavailability is poor, but its glycosides are readily absorbed by the body. It has been used to treat conditions ranging from eczema and inflammation to cancer and asthma. No clinical trials, however, have convincingly demonstrated its value; and it has not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for any use.
May 22, 2023
Quercetin is a plant flavonoid that is used as a supplement to treat various health conditions. The US Food and Drug Administration designates it as “generally recognized as safe” but has not approved it for any medical use. In a report earlier this month, Xingtao Zhou, Shaoping Nie, and co-workers at Nanchang University (China) found that quercetin alleviated liver injury in mice caused by acrylamide, a common contaminant in carbohydrate-rich foods that are processed at high temperatures. The researchers’ analysis showed that quercetin reversed the ferroptosis signaling pathway upregulated by acrylamide.
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