What do Onions and Apples have in Common?
I am sure this is not a question anyone commonly thinks of and you might even think I am a bit crazy for posing the question. They do however have one important thing in common. They both contain an important phytochemical known as Quercetin. Quercetin is the most researched bioflavonoid and has many important benefits.
Quercetin is known for for its ability to stimulate a metabolic pathway known as AMPK. This pathway helps with fat metabolism, blood sugar control and helps the body to get rid of damaged or dying cells and cell parts called mitochondria. The removal of these cells and cell parts helps the body to maintain a healthy cellular environment and cell function. Its antioxidant properties helps to protect blood vessels, testicles and the brain.
Research has shown variable effects of quercetin when it is taken as a supplement. It is suspected that this is due to the lack of absorption. This really underscores two important things. A food first approach is most important. You can not go wrong when you are providing your body nourshing, healthy foods. A food first approach is always best to start with and then adding on a high quality supplement can be helpful.
Remember food is medicine. Food is how we communicate with our body. It is how we tell our body what to do. So tell your body to be healthy by eating some onions on a salad or snaking on an apple.