In our food there are substances that are able to protect us from the harmful action of many microorganisms such as viruses and bacteria and to enhance, in an extremely effective way, the immune response to external aggressions and degeneration of our body’s tissues. These substances are mainly contained in vegetables and appear to have a beneficial action for all the vital functions of the human body. We are talking about flavonoids and polyphenols.
These very precious substances, in particular, have the ability to limit or eliminate the harmful action of free radicals and therefore effectively contrast not only the cellular oxidation (and aging) processes but also the formation of neoplastic masses which can be very burdensome for the health of the human body. They therefore have a powerful anti-cancer effect and can be useful in preventing various types of cancer. In particular, among flvonoids and polyphenols, quercetin and anthocyanins are particularly important due to their exceptional antioxidant, antiviral and anticancer properties.
Quercetin is mainly contained in purplish-red fruits and vegetables and is particularly abundant in red onions, red apples, capers and red grapes. Anthocyanins in purplish-blue fruits and vegetables (bilberries, beetroot, red onion, red cabbage, radish, eggplant, etc.).
It would therefore be appropriate to consume vegetables daily where these substances are mostly concentrated. Juices can also be very useful for this purpose. Mixed centrifuged vegetables with an abundant content of these substances can be the most useful that can be offered to our body. For preventive and, possibly, also therapeutic purposes. The importance of these precious substances has also been demonstrated for the cardiac function and for the lymphatic system of our body (resulting to be very useful in case of capillary fragility or specific diseases such as hemorrhoids and varicose veins) since they are able to regulate blood pressure and promote regular cardiac activity. quercetin on cardiac activity (which effectively protects against various types of morbid degeneration). Quercetin then became very famous due to an Italian study (carried out during the 2020-2021 pandemic) which established its ability to contrast and inhibit the COVID 19 virus (actually the antiviral properties of quercetin in comparisons of the coronavirus family had already been known for some time). These substances are therefore particularly effective in protecting our body from very dangerous pathogens (remember that the coronavirus family is notoriously involved in the onset of flu states of various kinds) and are very useful both for preventive and therapeutic purposes. The anti-inflammatory properties of quercetin and anthocyanins have also been well known for some time and represent a valid aid in particular in the case of prostatitis and cystitis (they have a powerful protective action on our urinary system). These precious substances also have a protective action on the walls of the stomach and intestines (counteracting inflammatory states that occur on them) and are generally very effective against all inflammatory states (including of an infectious nature) that can occur in our body . For all these reasons it would be advisable to increase the intake of these precious substances in our diet (there is no need to resort to supplements since they are widely available in nature). To stay young, toned and always healthy. And, above all, to counteract the natural aging process of our organism and preserve the proper functioning of our cellular system.