Thorne's Quercenase combines quercetin phytosome (quercetin bound to sunflower-sourced phospholipids, which increases the body's ability to absorb the quercetin) and bromelain, a compound of protein-digesting enzymes derived from the pineapple plant.* Bromelain also has immune-enhancing properties because it contains constituents that help maintain a healthy cytokine balance.* Bromelain helps reduce bruising and swelling after an injury or surgery.*
A number of quercetin's positive effects appear to be due to its antioxidant activity.* By itself, and paired with vitamin C, quercetin can reduce the incidence of oxidative damage to the skin and nerves caused by the natural depletion of glutathione.*
The advantage of quercetin phytosome is its advanced phytosome technology. Phytosome complexes are created by a patented process that binds a botanical extract to a phospholipid, which are key components of every cell membrane.
Bromelain, which is a mixture of proteolytic (protein-digesting) enzymes from the pineapple plant (Ananas comosus), has been shown to promote healing and reduce temporary and minor swelling and bruising following an injury or a surgical procedure – including dental surgery.* One study of patients with bone fractures found bromelain decreased swelling.*