– Try This for Allergies and Inflammation
The Green House
by Margaret Durst: Organic
– What Does This Mean?
Quercetin is a bioflavonoid, or part of the vitamin C family. Bioflavonoids
are coloring pigments that are found throughout the plant kingdom.
Bioflavonoids are antioxidants and are known for providing protection
from environmental stresses.
is known for inhibiting allergy and inflammatory responses. Allergy
and inflammatory conditions are triggered by contact with allergens
that are absorbed into the blood. When allergens meet special immune
cells containing histamine, the cell wall of the immune cell becomes
leaky and releases histamine into the surrounding blood and tissues.
Allergen released histamine produces the familiar allergic symptoms
of runny noses, blocked sinuses, itchy eyes, blotchy skin, coughing
helps to stabilize the cell walls of the immune components that
contain histamine. This stabilization helps prevent release of histamine.
The allergy symptoms simply will not occur without release of histamine,
even though you have inhaled pollen, animal hair, or whatever normally
triggers allergy attacks.
inhibits some pro-inflammatory enzymes, making it helpful with injury,
arthritis, and bursitis. Quercetin is particularly helpful in rheumatoid
arthritis since it decreases one of the primary sources of inflammation
within the joints. Quercetin is also helpful in preventing eye and
nerve damage in diabetics as it decreases tissue irritation.
helps with asthma, which is allergic inflammation involving the
is available in supplement form. Quercetin is usually combined with
bromelain or pineapple enzyme since it is barely soluble in water
and needs the bromelain to increase absorption. Bromelain has powerful
anti-inflammatory properties that act synergistically with quercetin.
dosage of quercetin for allergy and asthma is 1000 to 2000 mg. per
day divided into at least 2 doses.
is cedar season and many are suffering from acute allergy symptoms,
I will briefly mention other products that help with allergies.
are a category of products that many are unfamiliar with. They are
effective and safe enough for a small child with no drowsiness and
no drug interactions. There are many homeopathic formulations available.
Some are for general allergy symptoms while others are specific
to the allergen, such as tree pollen, pet dander, mold, dust, etc.
products include the herb nettle, which inhibits histamine release;
special allergy formulated enzymes which help digest allergy causing
proteins in the blood; and many combination formulas for the various
symptoms of allergies.
January 22, 2013
Durst owns The
Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason,
© 2013 Margaret
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