Quercetin is a potent polyphenol, a type of antioxidant found in various fruits and vegetables.
On the other hand, Bromelain is a phytochemical compound found in pineapples, particularly in their stems. When combined, these two ingredients work together to offer numerous health benefits, such as anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral properties.
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What are the benefits?
Active immune supporter
Potent inflammation modulator and lowers histamine
Boosts the immune system
Quercetin and bromelain are both plant-derived compounds, each with a unique array of biological properties. Combined, these compounds exhibit synergistic benefits, enhancing their individual anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects.
Quercetin is a flavonoid antioxidant found in plant foods, including leafy greens, tomatoes, berries, and broccoli. It's known as a potent antioxidant, fighting harmful free radicals in the body. This antioxidant action provides a defence mechanism against oxidative stress, which can lead to chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.
Quercetin also exhibits strong anti-inflammatory effects by inhibiting inflammatory processes in the body. It does this by suppressing the activity and production of inflammation-causing cytokines and enzymes, such as inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), and cyclooxygenase (COX), which are critical mediators of the inflammatory response.
Moreover, it plays a significant role in stabilising mast cells, which can help manage histamine responses in the body. Mast cells release histamine, a compound that triggers allergy symptoms. By stabilising these cells, quercetin helps to reduce the release of histamine, thus potentially alleviating allergic reactions and histamine intolerance symptoms.
Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme found in pineapples, has been recognised for its health benefits for centuries. These benefits are mainly due to its protein-digesting abilities and anti-inflammatory effects.
Bromelain's protein-digesting properties can contribute to various health benefits, from supporting digestion to promoting wound healing and reducing muscle soreness. Its anti-inflammatory effects are believed to stem from its ability to modulate the immune response and reduce the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which are signalling proteins involved in inflammation.
Bromelain also possesses fibrinolytic activity, meaning it can break down fibrin, a protein involved in blood clotting. This property has led to its use in conditions where excess fibrin is detrimental, such as cardiovascular diseases.
When combined, quercetin and bromelain form a robust alliance against inflammation, oxidative stress, and histamine responses, potentially benefiting various areas of health, including immune function, cardiovascular health, and digestive wellness.
How will I know its working?
The effects of quercetin and bromelain can vary between individuals, and their impacts may be subtle at first. You may notice a reduction in allergy symptoms, less inflammation, or fewer instances of infection.
When to take it?
Take 1 capsule daily with food and water, unless specified otherwise on the sachet.
Serving Size 1 Vegetarian Capsule
Per Serving% Daily
Quercetin Bromelain (2400 GDU/g)
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.
Not only is bromelain used for its health benefits, but it's also commercially used as a meat tenderiser due to its protein-digesting enzymes.
The benefits of quercetin extend beyond human health. In agriculture, it has been used to help increase the resistance of plants to pests and other stressors.
The potent combination of quercetin and bromelain can be found in nature, specifically in the core of the pineapple, where bromelain is most concentrated, and the apple's skin, a rich source of quercetin.
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The latest research
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2. Serban, M. C., Sahebkar, A., Zanchetti, A., & Mikhailidis, D. P. (2016). Effects of quercetin on blood pressure: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Journal of the American Heart Association, 5(7), e002713.
3. Thakur, V., & Kush, P. (2015). Bromelain: a review. Int J Pharm Pharm Sci, 7(8), 13-17.
4. Maurer, H. R. (2001). Bromelain: biochemistry, pharmacology and medical use. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences CMLS, 58(9), 1234-1245.
5. Kelly, G. S. (2011). Bromelain: a literature review and discussion of its therapeutic applications. Alternative Medicine Review, 1(4), 243-257.
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