Why the Italians like their capers?
Phytonutrients – also known as phytochemicals – are non-vitamin, non-mineral components of foods with significant health benefits. Scientists have discovered thousands. “Phyto” refers to the Greek word for plant, with this extraordinary range of nutrients explaining why eating a wide variety of fruit and vegetables is so beneficial for our health and why it pays dividends to make them a high proportion of our diets. A phytonutrient drawing a lot of interest from scientists is quercetin.
A flavonoid found in fruits and vegetables, its potential anti-aging and immune system boosting properties have sparked particular interest. Yet it has also been studied for a wide range of other health benefits, having been found to be cancer chemo-preventive, while it could also reduce allergic reactions and protect against cardiovascular disease. However, findings, whilst at times encouraging, have so far been inconsistent, but good foods to boost your levels of quercetin include: green and black tea, onions, berries, apples, parsley, red wine and olives, but the kings of quercetin are capers. Extraordinary as it might seem, this tiny berry hailing from Italy beats all other foods for levels of quercetin.
Who can say, but might this help explain the beautiful and youthful skin of the Italians??
Note: If you are considering a quercetin supplement, or any supplement, always consult a doctor first.
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