Q is for Quercetin

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Nutrition Tip: Quercetin

By Hayley Jacobs, Dietetic Intern

You’re told to “eat the rainbow”, but why? The vibrant colors in fruits and vegetables are a result of nutrients called flavonoids. These nutrients provide a variety of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory health benefits along with supporting you’re cardiovascular and nervous systems. Quercetin, in addition to kaempferol, catechins, and anthocyanins are some of the best-researched flavonoids out there. 

Flavonoids are one of the major reasons for incorporating a variety of colors into your diet for the plethora of beneficial listed below!

Health Benefits of Quercetin:

  • Lowers Inflammation
  • Fights Allergies
  • Supports Heart Health
  • Helps Fight Pain
  • Might Help Improve Endurance
  • Might Help Fight Cancer
  • Helps Protect Skin Health

Quercetin Food Sources: 

  • Cabbage
  • Asparagus
  • Onions
  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Cranberries
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Black and green tea

Be sure to check back Saturday for a delicious way to eat the rainbow!