Still Fighting Spring Allergies? Try Quercetin!
Are you still fighting spring allergies and looking to try something new? Why not try some quercetin!
Quercetin is a plant chemical found in onions, green tea, apples, grapefruits, berries, Ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort, and others. Buckwheat tea also has a large amount of quercetin. It has anti-oxidant properties and reduces inflammation.
Your body contains mast cells which hold histamine. The mast cells break down and release histamine in response to allergens and physical stimulation from scratching and rubbing the skin. The histamine is what causes the redness, swelling and itching of allergies, hence the need to take anti-histamines.
Quercetin is an excellent natural anti-histamine that strengthens the mast cells so they will not break down as easily. Therefore less histamine is released leading to a reduction in allergy symptoms.
You can take it with over the counter allergy medications or try it on its own. They are available as supplements at many health food stores. The most common dose is 500 mg per day. Supplements may also include other substances, such as bromelain or vitamin C, which may help the body absorb quercetin more effectively.
If you have an allergy to apples, onions, black tea or grapefruit or others mentioned above, I’d speak to your doctor first before trying quercetin just to be cautious.
If you have tried quercetin feel free to share your thoughts on it in the comments section.
As always, a naturopathic perspective to treating allergies involves many factors and quercetin alone may only be part of a comprehensive treatment plan.