The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Using quercetin to reduce illness and maintain mental performance

    Quercetin (kwur’-si-tin) is a naturally occurring anti-oxidant in red wine, red apples, green tea, and broccoli.

    The average person consumes 25 to 50 mg of quercetin a day. In this double-blind study, 20 cyclists took 1,000 mg of quercetin a day or placebo for five weeks.

    Three weeks into the study, the athletes rode a bicycle 3 hours a day for 3 days to the point of exhaustion; 45% who took a placebo reported illness following the extreme exercise. But only 5% of the quercetin group reported any days of sickness. There was no evidence of side effects.

    The researchers concluded that quercetin worked only after the cyclists were stressed. Vitamin C was given with the quercetin to help absorption.

    This research was funded by the US Department of Defense, which is seeking ways to maintain the immune systems of troops undergoing the physical and cognitive stresses of combat.

    2/10/07 10:00 JR

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