Quercetin is a plant polyphenol included in the flavonoid group. It can usually be found in vegetables, fruits, leaves, and grains. It is used as an ingredient in different foods, beverages, and supplements. It is an antioxidant that can be used to fight the free radicals in the body as well as to protect the body from any damage or inflammation. A recent experiment was conducted to 12 participants which were given 1000 milligrams of the said plant pigment for one week to know its effect on their V02 Max, the measurement of the maximum amount of oxygen that a person can use during an activity. The results showed that there is a 3.9% increase in the V02 max of the participants considering the fact that they did not do an exercise during the whole experimentation period.
Foods High in Quercetin and its Supplementation
Here are some of the foods that are high in quercetin:
- Dark berries
- Leafy and cruciferous vegetables
- Citrus fruits
- Dark chocolate
It is advisable that a person’s body should ingest 500 mg of the said plant pigment daily. However, some people take 1000 mg to 2000 mg of dose. Thankfully, there are foods that can be easily obtained to include quercetin in our diet such as the ones that are listed above.
In this present time, there is still no study to show that quercetin enhances a person’s testosterone level. Despite the lack of evidence, the plant pigment contains an enzyme called the UGT2B17. This enzyme converts testosterone to testosterone glucuronide which will be excreted in the kidney and the urine that is why supplementation of the said pigment may result in the increasing amount of testosterone to the body. However, even this is still not proven, quercetin may be helpful in increasing the testosterone of a person.