Quercetin Boosts Testosterone… and May Help Your Arthritis!

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Research suggests Quercetin boosts testosterone and may help your arthritis!  Awhile back, I wrote about Quercetin, a supplement found in black and green tea, apples, red onions,  grapes, green leafy vegetables, and berries. It’s also found in red wine. Basically, Quercetin reduced cartilage breakdown in lab studies and therefore is believed to help arthritis. There was also a clinical study that combined Quercetin with Glucosamine and Chrondroitin that seemed to show the combo helped knee arthritis. Now a new lab study suggests it may also help testosterone levels. The media has been abuzz lately about how low testosterone levels in both men and women are a sign of aging. Quercetin in lab studies blocks an enzyme that breaks down testosterone, which may mean that it can increase these blood levels. The cardiovascular disease community has thought for many years that red wine is the reason why the French live longer. It’s been assumed that the resveratrol found in red wine was the chemical producing that effect. Could it be that Quercetin is helping?

Can boosting your testosterone help your stem cells? Good question. The answer is likely yes, but since there isn’t any published data on this topic, we’re performing our own study that will test this theory. We have taken men with low testosterone levels and harvested a stem cell sample before and after they have had their hormone levels optimized over 3 months. We should have a more definitive answer by May, when I will present at the AMMG conference on Age Management in Florida. Until then, while Quercetin may or may not help your stem cells, there’s some evidence it could help your joints! For those that want to begin taking Quercetin to help knee arthritis, the dose from the one human trial is 45 mg per day.

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Chris Centeno, MD is a specialist in regenerative medicine and the new field of Interventional Orthopedics. Centeno pioneered orthopedic stem cell procedures in 2005 and is responsible for a large amount of the published research on stem cell use for orthopedic applications. View Profile

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