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 black tea, apples, grapefruit and onions.  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. If you have an allergy to apples, onions, black tea or grapefruit 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.

Check out my other articles for fighting spring allergies:

Naturopathic treatments for spring allergies

5 ways to prevent seasonal allergies with food

Homeopathic remedies for spring allergies

Goldenseal, a great herb to combat spring allergies

 

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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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  1. Yuen C says:

    Thanks for the review, I have sneezed so many times over the past few days ugh.

  2. KD says:

    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).

  3. Lynda Cook says:

    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

  4. kathy downey says:

    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

  5. jaimeem says:

    Thanks for the review. I have bad allergies during the summer

  6. Suzie M says:

    I am still having ” spring allergies” this is worth a try

  7. Anne Taylor says:

    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

  8. kathy downey says:

    Thanks for the review,wil past on the info to my daughter who suffers daily

  9. Brenda A says:

    Very interesting. June is my really bad month for allergies. I will keep this in mind!

  10. kathy downey says:

    My daughter has real bad allergies during the summer

  11. kathy downey says:

    This seems to be working for my friend

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