The Amazing Benefits of Quercetin
In weight gain, increased adiposity is accompanied by accelerated aging of fat tissue. This change is most marked in visceral adipose, where it cultivates a specific array of inflammatory changes that enable these fat cells to survive under disadvantageous conditions.
With the expansion of fat tissue, this pattern of altered cytokine production is known as a “senescence-associated secretory phenotype,” or SASP.
In adipose, having a SASP affects immune homeostasis and energy metabolism, with long-term health consequences.
A number of plant nutrients have long been studied for their effects on biological aging, and an emerging priority is the identification of natural and synthetic senolytic agents, which aid the elimination of overly-aged and damaged cells.
The dietary flavonoid quercetin, for example, is known to target senescent cells within the endothelium of blood vessels. By aiding clearance of poorly functioning cells, senolytics have the potential to allow organs, in turn, to regain healthier function.
Quercetin is a group of natural plant pigment referred to as flavonoids.
Flavonoids are potent antioxidants that protect your body from the harmful effects of free radicals, inflammation, and aging.
The immense benefits of quercetin are attributed to its powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, anti-microbial, and anti-viral properties.
Quercetin is predominantly present in deep-coloured fruits and vegetables. Interestingly, it is the most consumed flavonoid due to its abundance of availability in nature. The flavonoid is also found in the form of supplements.
von Kobbe C. (2019). Targeting senescent cells: approaches, opportunities, challenges. Aging, 11(24), 12844–12861. https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.102557
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