Are your eyes watery and puffy? Is your nose runny and itchy? As much as I love the advent of Spring, it also marks the dreaded allergy season. Unfortunately, the side effects of over-the-counter allergy relief medications are about as uncomfortable as the allergy symptoms themselves. Who wants to feel like a zombie all day?
Quercitin, a bioflavanoid found in apples and onions, helps to reduce histamine levels naturally and can be very helpful in controlling mild seasonal allergies. In supplement form quercitin is often paired with bromelain, a natural anti-inflammatory and digestive enzyme found in pineapple. Many people have found relief from taking quercitin alone or in combination with bromelain, which can be particularly helpful in relieving sinus inflammation resulting from hay fever. Supplements aside, it doesn’t hurt to eat more apples onions and pineapple as all are nutritionally-rich.
Always check with your doctor or pharmacist before adding any nutritional supplements (particularly if you take any prescription medication or have allergies) to prevent any adverse reactions or interactions.