Some of My Favorite Supplements — Quercetin with Bromelain

Through the years I have learned about supplements from nutrition experts, doctors friends and relatives. I take a mixture of several which work for me.    People often ask me what I take and why and so I thought I’d develop a few posts about my favorite supplements.

Note: Everyone is different and what works for me, may not work for you.  Additionally, while there is plenty of anecdotal evidence for the effectiveness of supplements, according to many physicians, there is no clear evidence that supplements work.  But as long as you don’t overdo them, I figure they can’t hurt! The worst case is that you will have very expensive pee!

Note: I am not advocating any particular brand of supplement, nor am I recommending that you take any particular supplement.  These posts are just me explaining what supplements I take and why.  You should always consult with your physician prior to taking any supplement.

Quercetin with Bromelain 

Quercetin is a flavonoid ). – A family of nutrients that give plants and fruits their color. Quercetin has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Quercetin is found in foods such as onions and apples.  It reduces the manufacture and release of histamine and other allergic and inflammatory mediators.  Quercetin is often paired with Bromelain.

Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapples.  Bromelain supplements are yellow and smell like pineapple. Bromelain is used for reducing swelling (inflammation), especially of the nose and sinuses, and after surgery or injury.  Bromelain seems to cause the body to produce substances that fight pain and swelling (inflammation).

According to WebMD , Bromelain also contains chemicals that interfere with the growth of tumor cells and may help prevent cancer.