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Quercetin


Allergy season may seem like a long way off but itís time to start laying plans for how you will control your symptoms. You may want to consider trying Quercetin, a natural antihistamine.

Quercetin also is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It belongs to a group of water-soluble nutrients, known as flavonoids. It is available as a supplement but is found naturally in many food sources, including apples with their skin, red onions, berries, red grapes, black tea and citrus fruit.

Quercetin is thought to prevent the release of histamines from the immune cells but there is no body of strong scientific evidence to back this up. Most studies have been done on animals.

It doesnít work for all users as I found by checking out online reviews. Reviewers seemed to be either enthusiastic or lukewarm about it.

I started taking quercetin last fall in hopes of reducing my allergy symptoms which often get worse until the first hard freeze occurs. Quercetin is one of those supplements you need to start taking early because it doesnít provide an immediate benefit.

Over time, I noticed that it helped tone down my allergies but didnít stop them all together. This was the effect I was hoping for as I have severe allergies that prescription antihistamines, alone, could not control. Quercetin apparently works by helping the body do its own job of dealing with allergens, such as pollens and mold.

As an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, it can be beneficial for preventing colds as well as I found out. I have been relatively free of colds and flu this season although I do have a ways to go. It's probably too soon to give quercetin complete credit for my good health.

Dosage suggestions for quercetin are varied. Itís best to follow package recommendations. I have been using Quercetone, Thorneís brand, and taking one 250 mg. capsule three times per day. There are no side effects unless taken in high doses which can cause diarrhea.

Other disorders that quercetin is used to treat include asthma, arthritis and prostate problems.










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