Got Spring Allergies? Quercetin to the rescue!
The first day of spring has already come and gone! What a pleasant, beautiful time of year it is (or hopefully will be very shortly here in the northeast!) The trees are budding, the flowers are beginning to bloom and, well, quite frankly this beautiful time of year also translates into seasonal allergies for my family.
It never ceases to amaze me. Simply acknowledging that first tree bud seems to lead directly to the first sneeze. Could be my sneeze, or my son’s or my husband’s, but it always happens. This year I even pondered ignoring those pretty blooms and buds whose paths I cross, just to test out my theory that, if I simply disregard the beauty, the pollen won’t attack! Yes, my mind can get the best of me sometimes. But can you blame me? I mean, we’ve tried everything to protect ourselves from seasonal allergens, and I admit that our efforts have met with some success. The daily addition of 2,000 mg of Vitamin C (in divided doses of 500 mg each), probiotics, Omega-3 fatty acids in the form of fish oil and ground flaxseed as well as a good B-vitamin-heavy multi has definitely helped alleviate hay fever symptoms. But, as far as ridding us completely of our seasonal allergies – well, nothing has quite done the trick! Is it even possible? We’ll see. After lots of research, I think I may be on to something that could deal our allergies their final blow – QUERCETIN.
Quercetin is a plant-based chemical (phytochemical) known as a bioflavonoid that can be found in apples, strawberries, cabbage, broccoli, onions, red wine, buckwheat and citrus fruits. It has been deemed one of the most powerful allergy fighters due to it’s ability to inhibit the release of histamine – the chemical that your body releases when it’s having an allergic reaction. In addition, Quercetin reduces the production of leukotrienes – fatty signalling molecules that trigger contractions in the smooth muscles lining the trachea. Put simply, the overproduction of leukotrienes causes inflammation that stimulates airway constriction (think asthma and allergic rhinitis). Finally, quercetin is a natural antioxidant that it rids the body of free radicals generated during the allergic reaction.
As I scanned my reference books and the internet, quercetin continued to pop up as a successful allergy treatment as well as a treatment for cancer, bone health, general immune support, prostatitis, rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular disease. There has even been research done at the Mayo Clinic regarding the effect of quercetin on androgen-responsive prostate cancer (both as treatment and prevention.) They found that quercetin actually blocks androgen activity thus preventing or stopping the growth of the cancer cells. As you can imagine, given all of this positive information, I became more interested with every article or study that I read! As I stated earlier, there are many supplements that have proven useful in combating allergies, but quercetin is one of those that appears to pack a very powerful punch for all-around health.
It’s important to note that quercetin works best when used in conjunction with bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, and Vitamin C. These two substances act in synergy, which increases the efficient absorption of both. Bromelain has an incredible track record in its own right, when it comes to health. It has been shown to reduce tissue swelling, break up mucus, and dramatically improve respiratory congestion.
As far as dosage is concerned, taking 500 milligrams of quercetin every day for at least 6-8 weeks before the start of pollen season seems to be effective to help alleviate allergies by the time the spring buds start popping! Some of the experts say that it will likely take several weeks of supplementation before any improvement in allergic symptoms are noticed. Others insist that it takes only a few days. My own experience is that it works rather quickly – within a couple of days of taking it for the first time I felt relief from symptoms.
Try to find a quercetin supplement that contains 500 mg of quercetin along with a bit of bromelain and Vitamin C to get the most bang for your buck. And remember, although the focus here is on the benefits that this compound offers to seasonal allergy sufferers, there’s nothing wrong with making this a part of your daily regimen throughout the entire year for its many other health benefits.
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- Holford, Patrick. The New Optimum Nutrition Bible. Berkeley: Crossing Press, 2004
- Balch, Phyllis A. and James F. Balch. Prescription for Nutritional Healing. New York: Avery, 2000
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