Allergy sufferers know what’s coming…
Spring is nice for most of us. But it means misery for many people with pollen allergies.
Most reach for an over-the-counter antihistamine like Zyrtec or Benadryl. But those drugs carry side effects, such as drowsiness, dry mouth, dizziness, nausea, and blurred vision.
Most people aren’t aware that they can avoid those side effects with a natural option…quercetin.
Quercetin is a flavonoid antioxidant. It’s a pigment that lends color to many plants, fruits, and vegetables. It fights the damaging effects of aging and inflammation.[i]
It’s also a natural antihistamine. Histamines are released by the immune system as an allergic reaction. They are what cause typical allergy symptoms such as sneezing, watery eyes, and itchiness.[ii]
To fight hay fever, doctors suggest taking 400 mg of quercetin twice a day between meals. For the best relief, you should take it regularly…not just when allergy symptoms appear.[v]
Quercetin’s Benefits Don’t End There
This powerful flavonoid also…
- Soothes inflammation. Chronic inflammation is responsible for some of mankind’s worst diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease. A study published in the journal Drug Development Research found that quercetin reduces inflammation.[vi]
- Reduces heart disease risk. A study from Iran’s University of Medical Sciences found quercetin improved factors related to heart health in type 2 diabetes patients.[vii]An overview of research in the Journal of Nutrition found that flavonoids including quercetin are linked with heart health benefits in older adults. This is because quercetin reduces the risk of atherosclerosis.[viii]
- Eases inflammatory pain. Research shows that quercetin alleviates the pain of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and various types of infections.[ix]
- Protects the liver. A study at Peking Union Medical College’s Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences looked at rats with alcohol-induced liver injury. Quercetin reduced liver damage. It prompted the release of liver-protective enzymes. And its antioxidant properties lowered levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines. A later study published in the Journal of Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine confirmed the results.[x]