Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Whole Food Experiment: Quercetin

What is it? Quercetin is a flavonoid that helps protect the membranes of the eyes from the accumulation of polyols that result from high blood sugars (among other things).

Recommended daily intake: 300 mg

Whole Food Sources:

  • Black and green teas
  • Capers
  • Lovage 
  • Apples
  • Red onion
  • Red grapes
  • Citrus fruit
  • Tomato
  • Broccoli
  • Red and purple berry varieties
  • Nopal cactus fruit

Disclaimer (because this is America): I am not a dietitian or a physician. I am a diabetic armed with a giant book called Prescription for Nutritional Healing (Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, 2010) and access to a whole slew of nutritional websites. I experiment on myself constantly, but that does not mean you should. Unless, of course, your doctor says its ok.

Helpful sources for quercetin information: livestrong.com, UMM.com

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