One of the supplements you may of heard of is quercetin. Although it may be new to you, quercetin has been studied for years and I first wrote about in A Recipe for Life. A yellow colored polyphenol found in plant foods, (red onions, capers, fennel leaves, kale, broccoli, buckwheat, apple skins and green tea), quercetin is a powerful antioxidant and flavonoid (pigment in food that has important health benefits). Amounts in foods vary from 5 to 20 mg. with an average daily consumption of 25 mg. per day.
A study in progress is looking at how quercetin can possibly inhibit the mechanism of one of the key proteins that turns on COVID-19 pathogenesis. Since it is an anti-viral, when quercetin encounters the virus it can slow the infection, giving your body more time to build immunity.
Quercetin is very safe and has a proven track record of anti-viral anti-inflammatory properties. Amounts needed for anti-viral benefits are at least 500-1000 mg. per day and if one has the virus more is needed. Quercetin is also used for those with seasonal allergies in higher amounts.
Although this supplement is not normally required by our bodies, at the present time having this added layer of protection helps our immune systems. And if we do come in contact with the virus we have some immune support on board already.
Drastic times call for extra measures and this is one I’m taking seriously for prevention. AND this is one more way you can protect yourself besides wearing your mask!
*As with all medical advice, it’s good to contact your physician before taking and stay safe.