Discussion of Cancer and Quercetin

Does quercetin really prevent cancer? That is one of the big questions and there is no quick answer. The amount of research being done on quercetin is amazing and it has opened totally new areas that science is investigating, and this gives many reasons to question what is being done. But what most people, especially lay persons, do not understand is that our knowledge and understanding of the new areas being investigated is going to grow. This research will bring many surprises and some disappointments All of this goes with our becoming better educated, so you should not become overly negative as you read this article. It will give you a look at a conservative approach that questions quercetin. It is hoped you can learn from this attitude.

Quercetin research on cancer has been centered on cell culture or animal studies. This kind of research can only suggest possibilities in terms of positive effects. The problem is that there is no proof that the success in culture or animal studies will happen when used as treatment for humans. Science does not understand how well quercetin is absorbed by the human body when it is taken by mouth. It is generally accepted that clinical trials are needed to show if quercetin has a possible for helping humans to better health.

Cancer prevention and treatment studies have also shown that quercetin may be important for the treatment of prostatitis (inflamed prostate) and heart disease. This is another case where more studies are needed before any recommendations can be made.

When clinical cancer research produces findings then there will be a guide developed to direct quercetin and future studies. But until this occurs it is wise to adopt a diet to include foods which contain quercetin as part of a balanced diet with major emphasis on fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Phytochemicals will interact with the other compounds in the foods being eaten and this is not well understood. Today it is believed it is doubtful any single compound offers better protection against cancer. It is believed a balanced diet, which includes 5 or more servings per day of fruits, vegetables, and includes a variety of nuts, seeds; whole grain cereals and beans will give you more protection from cancer, than a large amount of a Phytochemicals. I personally do not agree with this conservative position. It denies any openness that research is bringing forward as progress.

The most important thing any person can do to safeguard their health is to put in the effort to become educated so they can make better judgment, when medical options are presented to them.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a Doctor and do not give medical advice; this is a news report and cannot replace the advice of a medical specialized.

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