You know it’s allergy season when the fronts of all the stores have 24-hour allergy relief and 8 different brands to choose from. And well, if the allergy medicine isn’t helping you enough with your symptoms, consider quercetin, bromelian, and nettle extract. These key all-natural ingredients could prove extremely beneficial in your battle with allergies as recent research is promising.
Quercetin is a flavonoid and flavonoids are what give fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors. Flavonoids are antioxidants and therefore prevent damage to the body on a cellular level by neutralizing free radicals.¹ This positive neutralizing effect of quercetin allows it to stabilize histamine releasing cells, and thus helps prevent the inflammatory pathways that lead to your allergy symptoms. “quercetin prevents immune cells from releasing histamines, which are chemicals that cause allergic reactions. As a result, researchers think that quercetin may help reduce symptoms of allergies, including runny nose, watery eyes, hives, and swelling of the face and lips.”¹
Bromelain’s anti-inflammatory effect protects against sinusitis and allergy symptoms. Not all research supports this, but it does reduce inflammation and swelling. In some studies, it was observed killing some bacteria and viruses.¹ Although more human studies are necessary, the early signs are positive for Bromelian and allergy relief.
Combat your allergies and back and joint pain with nettle extract. Not only does nettle extract help symptoms of hay fever, but research strongly suggests it to be helpful for osteoarthritis.¹ In fact, nettle extract has a long track record and was heavily used to treat joint pain in medieval Europe.
Based on recent research, the antihistamine properties of nettle extract make it effective against allergies, “One preliminary human study suggested that nettle capsules helped reduce sneezing and itching in people with hay fever. In another study, 57% of patients rated nettles as effective in relieving allergies, and 48% said that nettles were more effective than allergy medications they had used previously.”¹
Supplementation is the best way to get a blend of key antioxidants, vitamins, and enzymes necessary to prevent the release of histamine and inflammatory reactions. At Hampton Chiropractic, we offer pharmaceutical grade supplements and can help you fight allergies the all-natural way. Make runny nose and itchy eyes a thing of the past and give us a call today to schedule a free nutritional consultation.
Source 1: www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed