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Natural Defenses for Seasonal Allergies

Posted May 07 2012 6:23pm

Sneezing, congestion, tickly throat, irritated eyes, runny nose…all a sign of seasonal allergy symptoms – thanks to spring blooms and buds.

First and foremost – Try to limit your exposure to pollen.  Stay inside – keep your windows closed – change clothes and/or shower after spending time outdoors.  But, alas, this is not always doable or practical.
You can also try natural histamine inhibitors; such as: Vitamin C, Bromelain, Quercetin, Citrus Bioflavanoids, Rose Hips, Acerola, and Rutin.
Quercetin is the “big gun” in the realm of natural allergy relief.  Quercetin is an antioxidant flavanoid found in certain fruits and vegetables. 
The most concentrated food sources are: the outer layers of red onions and apple peels.  Lesser amounts are found in citrus, dark cherries and berries, red wine, parsley, sage, and black tea. 
Quercetin is a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory.  It also acts as an antioxidant fee radical scavenger.  
I like this combination supplement: Solgar Quercetin Complex (Picture Shown Above)

Supplemental Quercetin should only be used in the short term, not to exceed 12 weeks of daily doses.  Daily doses should not exceed 500 mg.

Pregnant women and breast-feeding women should only take Quercetin under the advice of a physician.  High doses may cause headache, tingling sensations of the arms and legs, and very high doses could negatively affect the kidneys.  Any medication that is assimilated by the liver may be affected with the concurrent use of Quercetin.  Additionally, the effects of anticoagulants may be increased with concurrent use of Quercetin.

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