Quick class, close the books and pick up your pencils. It is time for a quick quiz:
1. What is your main source of Quercetin?
2. What are some of the things Quercetin is beneficial in treating?
3. Name five other known names for Quassia bark.
4. It is commonly used as a substitute for what drug that begins with "Q"?
5. Who is it named after?
6. What are three things commonly treated by quinine?
Quercetin is a flavonoid and powerful antioxidant found in fruits, vegetables, and grains. It can also be found in supplements, beverages or other foods.
Quercetin is a powerful antioxidant useful in the treatment of asthma, upper respiratory infections, cold sores, regulating blood sugars, enhancing insulin secretion, protecting the body from the damaging effects of free radicals, inhibiting viral infections such as the common cold, aiding in protecting one from cancer, and delaying the onset of cataracts.
Quassia bark is also known as Quassia amara, amargo, bitter ash, bitterholz, bitterwood, bois amer,bois de quassia, crucete, quassia, cuassia, fliegenholz, guabo, hombre grande,kashshing, maraub, marup, palo muneco, pau amarelo, quassia amarga, quassiawood, ruda, simaruba, simarubabaum, quina, simaba, and Mountain Rose Herbs.
Amargo means bitter in Spanish as this herb is particularly bitter. It first became well known as it aided in the treatment was successfully performed. This remarkable tree has no insects bothering it and in fact a watery brew is created from it's leaves and bark to spray on fields as an insecticide.
Originally derived from the Cinchona tree Quinine became the first effective medicine used to treat malaria. It was also referred to as Jesuit's bark or Peruvian bark. A Jesuit brother, Agostino Salumbrino, who lived from 1561 to 1642 studied medicine and had witnessed the Quechua using the bark of the tree to brew a concoction to treat those found to be suffering from the shivering fevers of malaria. Afterwards it became the treatment of choice until 1940 when other medicines were discovered.
Quinine also has been used in the treatment of Charley horses, restless leg syndrome, and muscle cramps.
This writer does not recommend the use of any medications, supplements, herbs or natural remedies without first talking it over with your physician.
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Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplement by Michael T. Murray, N.D.
Home Remedies from the Country Doctor by Jay Heinrichs, Dorothy Behlen Heinrichs
and the editors of Yankee Magazine
The Herbal Drugstore by Linda B. White, M.D., Steven Foster and the staff of
Herbs for Health
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