Is Quercetin compatible with breastfeeding? Do we have alternatives for Quercetin?


July 2, 2015 (Very Low Risk)

Bioflavonoid substances are widely distributed in nature. Onion has a rich content of Quercetin.

Flavonoids are phenolic compounds naturally occurring that are abundantly present in plants and seaweed.

We take it from fruits, vegetables, tea and red wine (as a few examples)

Most important types are: anthocyanins, chalcons, flavonols, flavones, flavonoids and tannins. No risk for toxic nor side-effects in humans have been found.

They appear naturally in the breast milk in amounts related to mother's diet.

Attributed anti-oxidant activity and other properties that have not been fully shown yet, as amelioration of capillary vessel function which is a reason to be used for treatment of venous insufficiency (varicose veins), hemorrhoids and prevention of arteriosclerosis.


We do not have alternatives for Quercetin since it is relatively safe.

Very Low Risk

Compatible. Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.

Low Risk

Moderately safe. Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended. Read the Comment.

High Risk

Poorly safe. Evaluate carefully. Use a safer alternative. Read the Comment.

Very High Risk

Not recommended. Cessation of breastfeeding or alternative.


  • 3,3′,4′,5,7-PentahIdroxIflavona


  • Кверцетин (Cyrillic)


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