Still fighting your 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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About drellensimonend
Dr. Simone strongly believes that the mind and body are connected to your overall health and wellness. As a primary health care provider, her practice provides ongoing support throughout your healing journey. Her role as your Naturopathic Doctor is to assist you in discovering your needs, support you in personal growth and help you reach your health and wellness goals. With the belief that happiness and balance is possible for everyone, Dr. Simone strives to help her patients live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. Dr. Simone focuses on family wellness and has special interests in women and children’s health. She has experience with reproductive health, 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 have also been a primary focus in Dr. Simone’s life in both her professional role as a naturopath and in her volunteer work. She believes that setting healthy habits at a young age can be critical for long-term health and wellness.

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