Overlooked Antioxidant May Be “Magic Bullet”
I’ve written to you about antioxidants before. These powerful molecules act like an army of defenders against damage to cells, cell walls, and even your DNA .
But one overlooked antioxidant may be an army all by itself. In fact, recent research makes this powerful free radical -fighter look a lot like a magic bullet…
It’s called Qn, and it’s a flavonoid – a type of chemical that gives plants color.
Qn (Qn) has been around for a long time. But scientists didn’t understand the potential health benefits of plant pigments until fairly recently. Even then, Qn has been studied far less than some other flavonoids.
But science is finally taking a closer look at this powerful antioxidant… and discovering some amazing properties. It turns out Qn is much more than just an antioxidant. And it may offer many important benefits – all across your body…
Eyes – In test-tube studies, English scientists confirmed that Qn acts as a powerful antioxidant in lens cells from the eye. They also discovered it may discourage cloudiness in the lens – thus promoting clearer vision.1
Ears – Your hearing depends on “hair cells” deep inside your ears. These tiny cells are very delicate and damage easily. Using test tube and animal models, a Chinese team showed that Qn supports the health of these tiny cells – even against chemical damage.2
Lungs – More and more people today are having bad reactions to environmental pollutants. For many, the reaction involves closing up of the tiny airways in their lungs. Recent animal studies in Slovakia suggest Qn may inhibit this reaction.3
Testosterone – This hormone isn’t a body part… but it plays a critical role in many male functions. An enzyme – called UGT2B17 – naturally breaks testosterone down. If your supply of this hormone is falling – as it usually does with age – this can be a double whammy. An English team found Qn blocks the action of this enzyme in vitro.4
Blood Vessels – You depend on blood to deliver oxygen, nutrients and repair materials throughout your body. Release of a gas – nitric oxide (NO) – in the walls of your blood vessels opens them side for healthier blood flow. In animal studies, Mexican scientists have shown that Qn encourages production of NO within blood vessel walls.5
Heart – A review of studies published in Molecular Aspects of Medicine underlines Qn’s promise as a heart-health booster. According to the authors, it promotes clear arteries, healthy blood pressure, lower levels of dangerous oxidized cholesterol and normal blood flow within the heart.6
That’s quite a list for a tiny molecule! And now that we’re studying Qn in earnest, who knows what other health benefits we may discover?
Apples, onions, citrus fruits and tea are good sources of Qn. So are grapes, red wine, dark-colored berries and a few herbs such as Ginkgo biloba, parsley and sage.
You can also buy Qn as a nutritional supplement. It’s available alone or in some advanced health formulas.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
1 Cornish, K.M., et al, “Qn metabolism in the lens: role in inhibition of hydrogen peroxide induced cataract,” Free Radical Biology and Medicine. Jul 1, 2002; 33(1): 63-70.
2 Yang, T.H., et al, “EGb 761 (Ginkgo biloba) protects cochlear hair cells against ototoxicity induced by gentamicin via reducing reactive oxygen species and nitric oxide-related apoptosis,” The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. Sep 2011; 22(9): 886–894.
3 Joskova, M., et al, “Acute bronchodilator effect of Qn in experimental allergic asthma,” Bratisl Lek Listy. 2011; 112(1): 9-12.
4 Jenkinson, C., et al, “Red wine and component flavonoids inhibit UGT2B17 in vitro,” Nutr J. Sep 7 2012; 11: 67.
5 Alarcón-Alonso, J., et al, “Pharmacological characterization of the diuretic effect of Hibiscus sabdariffa Linn (Malvaceae) extract,” J Ethnopharmacol. Feb 15, 2012; 139(3): 751-756
6 Perez-Vizcainoa, F. and Duarteb, J., “Flavonols and cardiovascular disease,” Molecular Aspects of Medicine. Dec, 2010; 31(6): 478–494.