BEAT The Flu… With ONIONS?!?
It’s only August, but it’s never too early to start preparing for flu season.
Pretty soon, doctors, TV commercials, and the lady in the grocery store will start pushing the flu vaccine.
To that I say, thanks but no thanks!
Because the flu vaccine is highly ineffective… and can also be highly DANGEROUS.
Sure, it’s true that the flu can be dangerous, too. Especially for older folks.
Fortunately, There’s a powerhouse nutrient that can SLASH your risk of coming down with the flu.
And it’s found in onions!
Every year, the effectiveness of the flu vaccine is all over the place… usually ranging from not very effective to completely ineffective.
For example, the past two seasons the CDC estimated that effectiveness hovered around 40% (I’d call that not very effective), but in certain years it was only effective for 10-19% (my definition of completely ineffective).
Being ineffective means you’ll get the flu shot AND get the flu itself. Lucky you!
But enough about what DOESN’T work. Let’s talk about a natural solution that DOES.
Quercetin is a pigment found in fruits and vegetables – it’s particularly high in red onions – that gives them their color. It also gives them a burst of health benefits.
Quercetin has numerous properties that make it ideal for preventing – and fighting – the flu.
For starters, it helps boost your immunity, giving your own body a chance to get rid of the virus on its own. But studies have also shown that it interferes with viral replication.
In one cell study, quercetin was found to stop viral infections in their earliest stages, preventing it from taking hold in the body.
In another cell study, quercetin was shown to inhibit both the H1N1 and H3H2 viruses. An animal study also showed that it protects against H1N1.
And in fact, it’s also been shown to help prevent patients from dying from severe complications associated with H1N1.
H1N1 is a strain of influenza A, but quercetin provides broad–spectrum protection, protecting against influenza B as well.
And as a bonus? Neither influenza A or B seems to be able to develop resistance to quercetin the way they can with many pharmaceutical drugs.
Bottom line: Quercetin is one nutrient you don’t want to be without as we head into fall and winter. To get more of it in your diet, be sure to eat plenty of onions, apples, cherries, leafy greens, and green tea.
You can also supplement with 500 mg of quercetin twice a day.