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Source: Thailand Medical News  Jan 16, 2020  1 year ago
Quercetin- A Plant Pigment, Can Help Reduce Blood Pressure
Quercetin- A Plant Pigment, Can Help Reduce Blood Pressure
Source: Thailand Medical News  Jan 16, 2020  1 year ago
A research paper in Nutrition Reviews finds that intake of the flavonoid quercetin can greatly reduce high blood pressure in patients suffering from cardiovascular disease.

Medical researchers here consulted multiple studies that assessed the impact of quercetin supplements on blood pressure and glucose levels. Quercetin is a plant pigment commonly found in many plants and foods, such as onions, teas, apples and red wine. Each study utilized here assessed blood glucose, total cholesterol, and/or insulin. 17 studies with a total of 886 participants were included.

According to the researchers who told Thailand Medical News, “The pooled result from 13 treatment arms throughout the studies consulted showed that quercetin administration markedly reduced systolic blood pressure. Participants who consumed quercetin for eight weeks or more showed significantly changed levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Quercetin did not markedly influence total cholesterol, or significantly alter fasting blood glucose concentrations. Quercetin supplements was not found to cause serious adverse events in any of the included studies.”

The medical study concluded that a reduction in blood pressure of more than 10 mmHg lowers cardiovascular risk by 50% for heart failure, 35% - 40% for stroke, and approximately 20% to 25% for myocardial infarction. Researchers here found that the favorable effects of quercetin on blood pressure support the use of quercetin supplements for patients with hypertension.

Before consuming Quercetin supplements however, individuals are advised to consult their doctors first and also before buying any dietary or nutritional supplements, individuals are advised to do due diligence as they are many health supplement sold online and in shops, that are fake, inferior and do not necessarily contain the right bioactive ingredients.

Reference : Haohai Huang et al, Effect of quercetin supplementation on plasma lipid profiles, blood pressure, and glucose levels: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Nutrition Reviews (2019). DOI: 10.1093/nutrit/nuz071

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