Still Fighting Spring Allergies? Try Quercetin!

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.

Still Fighting Spring Allergies? Try Quercetin!
Half a grapefruit on a plate

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.

Still Fighting Spring Allergies? Try Quercetin!
Still Fighting Spring Allergies? Try Quercetin!

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.

Check out my other articles for fighting spring allergies:

Dr. Ellen Simone, Naturopathhttp://www.drellensimone.com/
Dr. Ellen Simone welcomes you to work with her under a holistic view of health which encompasses the understanding that the mind and body are connected to sustaining long-term health and wellness. As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Simone focuses on family wellness and has special interests in women and children’s health. She loves working with women through different phases in their lives; to regulate the menstrual cycle, ease PMS symptoms, optimize fertility, provide support during and after pregnancy, maintain breast health and welcome menopause. Children are also a primary focus in her practice and she believes that setting healthy habits at a young age is important for long-term health and wellness.

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Comments

  1. I am a little bit nervous about starting new supplements, since I am on several medications for various conditions, but will start by trying to add more of these foods to my diet. I have black tea daily and onions a few times a week, but don’t eat apples as often (and never grapefruit).

  2. great write up, I have never ever had to worry about allergies but now that I am older guess what look out allergy season..lol

  3. thanks for the great review,since we are getting no younger we are eating wiser everyday no sugar/empty carbs but eating more fruit and veggies

  4. I’m going to tell my hubby about this. He suffers allergies all year round and its been going on for about 4 years now!

    Thanks

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