Can’t get off the couch to exercise? This nutrient can help

August 25, 2009
Volume 06    |   Issue 36

If you’re too tired to exercise and just can’t find enough motivation, you simply could be deficient in a common nutrient. In fact, you may be lacking in a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrient that’s abundant in fruits and vegetables.

This nutrient boosts endurance and oxygen capacity. And it works even if you don’t get a lot of exercise. In fact, it can give you enough energy to get you off your couch and into the gym — or at least for a walk around the block.

A recent study found that quercetin boosts immunity. But the researchers also found that it increases power within brain and muscle cells by increasing mitochondria. Mitochondria are the power plants within cells that produce most of their energy. The more mitochondria you have, the more energy and motivation you’re likely to experience.

For this study, the researchers gave participants either 500 mg of quercetin twice a day in juice or juice alone. After just one week, the people who took quercetin had significantly increased endurance. The quercetin also increased their oxygen capacity.

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You can find quercetin in many foods, including red apple skins, red onions, berries, green and black tea, and purple grapes. If you want to make sure you’re getting enough of this nutrient every day, go to your local health food store and pick up a bottle of quercetin supplements. Take 500 mg twice a day like these study participants did. Then get ready to feel more motivated to exercise.

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