Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Quercetin might help fight bacteria and viruses

100 apples a day could keep the doctor away Daily Mail
"...DARPA, the Pentagon's research arm, has been sponsoring studies into whether quercetin could be used to help protect US troops...The latest trial saw 40 male cyclists either given one gram of the flavenoid every day - equal to eating 100 apples - or a placebo for three weeks...According to an article in the New Scientist journal, the cyclists spent a three-day period training at maximum intensity for three hours a day. Two weeks later, nine of the cyclists in the placebo group had chest infections while only one of the quercetin group was ill...Tests showed the cyclists taking the supplement had high levels of quercetin in their blood...The scientist believes quercetin's ability to bind to viruses and bacteria to stop them replicating had stopped the cyclists getting sick...cyclists had reduced levels of IL-8, a chemical that helps mediate the immune response to antigens, indicating the flavenoid could also be influencing the immune system in some way." "

Quercetin drink launched to boost health

More info on Quercetin at PDR Health.

So who do you think is doing more advanced research on nutraceuticals - Darpa, or institutions supporting professional athletes performances? In the case of quercetin it seems clear the answer is Darpa. So who knows? A year ago I would have said that athletics has the edge, but maybe not now. Certainly I bet Darpa has the edge over almost everyone else when it comes to nootropic research. Alas, other than provigil, which is old news, most of it remains under lock and key.

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