Therapeutic Effects of Quercetin on Inflammation, Obesity, and Type 2 Diabetes

Mediators Inflamm. 2016:2016:9340637. doi: 10.1155/2016/9340637. Epub 2016 Nov 28.


In previous studies, abdominal obesity has been related to total low-grade inflammation and in some cases has resulted in insulin resistance and other metabolism related disorders such as diabetes. Quercetin is a polyphenol, which is a derivative of plants, and has been shown in vitro as well as in a few animal models to have several potential anti-inflammatory as well as anticarcinogenic applications. The substance has also been shown to aid in the attenuation of lipid peroxidation, platelet aggregation, and capillary permeability. However, further research is called for to gain a better understanding of how quercetin is able to provide these beneficial effects. This manuscript reviewed quercetin's anti-inflammatory properties in relation to obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Antioxidants / chemistry
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / blood
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / drug therapy*
  • Diet
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / drug therapy*
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Lipid Peroxidation
  • Obesity / drug therapy*
  • Obesity, Abdominal / drug therapy
  • Permeability
  • Platelet Aggregation
  • Quercetin / therapeutic use*


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Antioxidants
  • Quercetin