4 Ways Quercetin Fights Weight Loss

Quercetin is a naturally occurring flavonoid that is largely found in dark colored fruits and vegetables such as grapes, apples, berries, nuts, black tea, broccoli, and onions. Researchers have found evidence of immense therapeutic value in quercetin, some of which include the following properties:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-viral
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Cardioprotective
  • Anti-carcinogenic
  • Ability to regulate immune activity
  • Ability to increase mitochondrial biogenesis

The presence of the chemical structure in quercetin (known as the –OH group) is largely credited for its role for having anti-oxidant properties. For these reasons, experts believe that incorporating quercetin in one’s diet can help against excessive weight and obesity in the following ways:

1) Quercetin Burns More Calories

An increasing number of people are leading sedentary lifestyles which are playing a big role in obesity. This has direct, negative effects on a person’s overall health and wellness, including the propensity to develop a negative energy balance. This means that the body is taking in more energy than it is pending. In order to maintain healthy energy equilibrium, a lot more of this excess energy needs to be burnt, this is possible by switching over to an active lifestyle.

This isn’t possible for many people because of their hectic work schedules. There are ways to burn more energy, one such is to consume more quercetin. The effects of quercetin, which were studied in mice, were found to have increased energy expenditure in them.

2) Quercetin Has Anti-inflammatory Properties

Researchers have found that high inflammation is directly related with obesity. This is why flavonoids that have anti-inflammatory properties widely being studied for their role in weight reduction. One such flavonoid is quercetin which can minimize the blood’s circulating markers of inflammation.

Quercetin also regulates an important protein hormone known as adiponectin, which plays a vital part of fatty acid breakdown. This suggests that quercetin can be used to treat inflammation that leads to obesity.

3) Quercetin has Beneficial Antioxidant Properties to Speed up Weight Loss

A study conducted in mice found that quercetin, when fed alongside a diet high in fat, was able to regulate body weight. All groups that consumed flavonoids in their diet had improved levels of body weight compared to those that didn’t. Some of the flavonoids tested include quercetin, epicatechin, hesperetin, anthocyanins, and apigenin. Of these, quercetin was the most effective flavonoid in bringing about reduction of weight.

4) Quercetin Inhibits Adipogenesis

Adipogenesis, or formation of fat cells, is inhibited by a combination of quercetin and resveratrol. This type of diet prevents the growth cycle of pre-adipocytes into mature adipocytes and even kills leftover mature adipocytes (also known as fat cells) by attacking them at a molecular level.

This unique combination of quercetin and resveratrol can adipogenesis and reduce fat deposits in the body. Another beneficial outcome is the increased production of triglyceride lipase, a hormone that prevents triglycerols from building up in the adipose tissue.

3 Ways to Boost Your Vascular Health

The circulatory or vascular system is made up of veins and arteries that transport blood around the body. When a person gets older, the cumulative effect of cholesterol and plaque take a toll on their blood vessels, causing them to become narrower and stiffer. This restricts blood flow, leading to vascular disease such as aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) or hardening of the arteries due to buildup of blood clots in the vein. Poor blood flow results in cramps, pain, stroke, heart attack, and in worse case scenarios, even loss of a limb.

Given the vascular system’s important role in the body, it is important to cultivate habits that can prevent or at least slow down the progression of vascular disease. These habits include the following:

  • Eating a low fat, healthy diet
  • Maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol
  • Not being overweight
  • Keeping blood pressure at normal levels
  • Avoiding a sedentary lifestyle by exercising regularly
  • No smoking at all

Besides the above, researchers have found therapeutic benefits in sweet onion peel, pomegranate, and superoxide dismutase (SOD).

1) Sweet Onion Peel

Onions are widely popular around the world because of their role in cuisine. Not as popular are the anti-clotting properties of these sulfur rich compounds. Experts recommend to remove as little of the outer skin of an onion as possible to prevent. This is to minimize damage to the outer layer, which is thought to be the most nutritious component, having the highest amounts of flavonoids.

Even a minute amount of overpeeling can cause a large percentage, as much as 75 percent anthocyanins and 20 percent quercetin, to be lost as a result. Some people chop onions hurriedly in order to avoid ‘crying’, due to the release of lachrymatory factor (LF), a gas responsible for tearing up. A good habit is to refrigerate onions in order to minimize the production of LF. This way, you can take your time to chop onions and preserve as much of the outer layer as possible.

2) Pomegranate

Studies have shown that pomegranate juice can prevent the hardening of arteries. Researchers have discovered that the antioxidant properties reverse damage done to blood vessels due to atherosclerosis, a term used to describe the hardening of the arteries. This shows that pomegranate juice helps with the treatment of cardiovascular disease and prevents the factors that lead up to it entirely.

The antioxidant properties of pomegranate are higher than other fruit juices including orange, cranberry, red wine, and even blueberry.

Aside from its beneficial effect on vascular health, pomegranate juice is a natural ACE inhibitor, which reduces blood pressure.   A placebo controlled study in 19 patients found that as little 2 ounces or less of pomegranate juice reduced blood pressure by over 12 percent after 12 months, and 16 percent in 36 months.

3) Superoxide Dismutase

Superoxide dismutase (SOD) plays a pivotal role in the body’s defense against various pathological and physiological conditions such as diabetes, aging, and vascular diseases. SOD regulates the vascular levels of the superoxide anion O(2)(*-), making it clear that it can prevent cardiovascular diseases. The body cannot absorb SOD from fruits directly, but the consumption of fruits and vegetables rich in SOD and vitamin C can speed up the production of SOD.

Vitamin C Fights Oxidative Stress

Adults in their older years can load up on more vitamin C to help their cells combat oxidative stress and prevent damage to their tissues, says a study by led by Christopher Bell at the University of Colorado. While most living organisms on Earth require oxygen for survival, it is typical for oxygen to react with other molecules to form free radicals, or ‘toxic oxygen’.

Toxic molecules can react with oxygen to create an effect known as ‘oxidative stress’. As people grow older, the effects of oxidative stress become greater. It is largely believed that oxidative stress can contribute to various ailments that are brought about by destroying tissue.

Older adults have a lower metabolic rate because their nervous systems are unable to provide support to the resting metabolism. This increases oxidative stress. Younger people are able to fight off the effects of oxidative stress because their bodies produce an abundant amount of antioxidants. This rate of production goes down as they age, which increases the importance of eating more vegetables and fruits that are rich in antioxidants.

One such antioxidant is vitamin C. Bell found that the metabolism of older adults between the ages of 60 to 74 years old increased by 100 calories per day after directly administering vitamin C into their veins. High metabolic rates have been linked with low risks for diabetes and heart attack because of vitamin C’s beneficial influence on body fat and body weight.

Vitamin C’s Anti-Aging Effect

Perhaps more interesting is vitamin C’s crucial role in aging. By neutralizing oxidative stress due to cell damage, vitamin C can play an important anti-aging role and lead to a more youthful appearance. Perhaps more importantly, vitamin C can boost collagen.

Collagen is a structural protein that provides firmness to the skin. Younger people have an abundant amount of collagen, but it decreases with age, which often shows as wrinkles, loose skin, laxity, and crow’s feet. Vitamin C is the only antioxidant that also acts as a collagen stimulator – which means that it works on cells that don’t produce enough collagen.

Vitamin C also brighten skin tone and lightens pigmentation by protecting against UVA an UVB exposure. It can help combat against melasma, sun spots, and hyperpigmentation – all of which cause an uneven coloring of the skin. This means that a good way to start your day is by applying a moisturizer rich in an antioxidant complex such as vitamin C.

You can eat fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C to protect the skin against the aging process, get rid of damaged cells, and stimulate production of collagen. A great idea is to use both collagen and retinol for best results.

The cumulative impact of tobacco smoke, environmental production, stress hormones from our own body, and sun exposure can result in the rapid production of free radicals and wreak havoc among healthy cells. By incorporating more vitamin C, a person can fight wrinkles, arthritis, and age spots.

The Miracle Worker – CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10) Might Have the Power to Treat Migraines

Have you heard about the CoQ10 supplement? It is being heard that the supplement is a miracle worker when it comes to treating migraine. Since the drug is fairly new, only a few studies have been conducted on it, which is why if you search for it online, you might not find the answers you are looking for. As it is with all new drugs, the CoQ10 was tested to find out if it helps with cancer, blood pressure, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, and migraines. The US Department of Health and Human Services posted a conclusion of all the studies conducted, which reported that the enzyme showed promising results in the treatment of migraines.

What Is Coenzyme Q10 and How It Works

CoQ10 is a compound that generates energy for your cells. It is produced naturally, but it tends to decrease as a person ages. Luckily, you can get it through foods and supplements. The compounds works by transferring electrons to the electron transport chain that helps treat mitochondriopathy. CoQ10 is very well tolerated and even with a high dose, the side effects are quite uncommon, which include rashes, diarrhea, nausea, anorexia, and dyspepsia.

What Causes CoQ10 deficiency

  • Genetic defects in the utilization or synthesis of CoQ10
  • Nutritional deficiencies (vitamin B6 deficiency)
  • Mitochondrial diseases
  • Side effects caused by statin treatments
  • Oxidative stress caused by aging
  • Increase in demands by tissues due to health problems caused by diseases

CoQ10 and Migraines

When the body experiences abnormal mitochondrial function, it results in a decrease in antioxidant protection and increase in free radicals production. This, in turn, results in energy loss from the brain cells, which causes migraines. Since CoQ10 is chiefly found in the mitochondria, and it helps decrease inflammation that occurs during migraines.

Study #1

A study was published in the journal Neurology that looked at the effects of CoQ10 on migraines. 42 participants who experience migraines on a regular basis were asked to take 100 mg of CoQ10, three times a day for three month. They were also given placebos to check for headache days, attack-frequency, and days that cause nausea. The results showed that CoQ10 reduced attack-frequency by 47.6% whereas placebos reduced it by 14.4%. It was concluded that CoQ10 is well-tolerated and efficacious.

Study #2

A study was published in the journal Headache that looked at Coenzyme Q10 deficiency and its response in adolescent migraine. The idea of the study was to find out whether this enzyme prevents migraines or not. Patients in tertiary care who lacked CoQ10 enzymes were picked for the study. There were 1550 participants, who were given 3 mg/kg CoQ10 in the form of capsules. A few patients returned for a follow up in 97 days and reported that their headache frequency had decreased greatly from 19.2 +/- 10.0 to 12.5 +/- 10.8. It was concluded that while a more focused trial should be conducted for better results, CoQ10 does help reduce the severity of the headache, which can lead to its prevention.

The American Academy of Neurology is still trying to figure out how much more efficient Coenzyme Q10 can be in improving migraines. Even the American Headache Society has conducted its own studies and reached the same conclusion that CoQ10 holds much promise.