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The more you get into managing your own health the more you realize it's not unlike managing the health of a modern car. It's complicated. There are all kinds of fluids, additives, things that should be taking care of and it can be a bit overwhelming. I am not here to give advice but instead to tell you what I'm doing in my own life, like all those YouTube videos on how to change the oil in your car by watching someone else do it. I'm a human guinea pig, and what's more I want to share with you my reasons for doing what I do, or for taking the supplements I take.

According to Wikipedia about 65% of all people in the United States die each year from heart-related diseases or cancer. Anyone who has been reading anything I've written knows that my own adventure began with a wakeup heart attack. I'm like one those people you see in the movies where the doctor says, "You'll never walk again." and the actor proves them wrong and ends up running a marathon. So, it makes sense for me to focus all my efforts on the things most likely to kill me. Just an added secret of my motivation here, I don't just want to not die young, I really want to live a very long time, perhaps "as long as I want." according to people like Aubrey de Gray.

That brings me to telling you about quercetin, a flavonoid already found in abundance in the perfect diet. But who eats the perfect diet? As much as I try, I don't. Not only that, but to achieve amazing results in the battle against a decline due to age, sometimes you need a bit more than a typical diet can give you, as I won't eat a field of spinach or a bushel of blueberries needed to get some of the results offered up by supplements.

Quercetin is an anti-inflammatory and a powerful antioxidant. You will hear me go on and on about these two properties because inflammation and oxidation are the two main culprits in heart disease. For example, the cholesterol LDL isn't bad, as its moniker often suggests, but oxidized LDL is what creates the nasty plaques that clog arteries. The double whammy comes with inflammation of the arteries. In fact, inflammation is at the root of most of the things that destroy our health such as cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline and autoimmune disorders.

Quercetin, being a "flavonoid polyphenol" aids in down-regulating and suppressing inflammatory pathways caused by leukocytes and other intracellular signals. So, it slows down or reverses inflammation.

In addition to being the super anti-inflammatory it's also an anti-histamine, which means that it protects against the effects of allergies by blocking histamine, a chemical released by the body in response to something we are allergic to. In fact, the Chinese have used it for centuries to counter things like peanut allergies. Some studies have shown that it is as effective at fighting allergies as some prescription drugs, without side effects.

OK, if you've ever met me or seen pictures of me you know I'm not slender. I battle weight issues. One of the chemicals known to be a problem in "belly fat" is cortisol, the stress hormone. Guess what fights cortisol. That's right, quercetin, by suppressing the enzyme needed for the release of cortisol.

Lastly, I want to do everything I can to not just survive heart disease lonly to die from cancer. That would upset me. So, I am constantly looking for things to fight cancer, and quercetin is one of them. Quercetin’s anti-cancer effects result from the modulation of either the EGFR or estrogen-receptor pathways.

Armed with this information I decided to take 500 mg of quercetin, twice a day. I take a number of anti-inflammatory supplements so I can't say which one is doing the best job. I am just giving myself every possible chance.

The only risks I've found with taking quercetin, and I always look for the risks, is that if taken in high doses it can give you headaches or a tingling sensation in your extremities. People who have taken it intravenously have experienced kidney problems on rare occasions.

If you are on any kind of blood thinning medications, antibiotics or receiving chemotherapy, you should know that quercetin is known to affect the effectiveness of these drugs.

As always, find a doctor who is willing to have intelligent conversations with you about managing your health care naturally. My father-in-law is a doctor, and so I always turn to him for these discussions.

Here is a place to get quercetin.

I get many of the supplements I take online and getting it here helps support my effort to stay alive and tell you all about it in the process.

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Ted Coombs
Ted Coombs is a medical anthropologist, futurist and author who is passionate about health through knowledge.