- Kat D'Andrea
Quercetin - the natural antihistamine
Quercetin is a natural antihistamine! AMAZING for the prevention and use to allergic reactions and a must have for a trip abroad and a good addition to your first aid kit. Yes, quercetin comes in supplement form, without the side effects. It's also found in our everyday foods such as red onions, green apples, dark berries, tomatoes, citrus fruits, many green leafy vegetables and even in green tea!
The magic of quercetin lies in the flavonoid content which is an antioxidant which helps strengthen our immune system. If you are always wondering what antioxidants are, they basically neutralise free radicals.
Free radicals, we get from toxins in the environment and from particular foods and exercise. Free radicals can interrupt cell membranes and start to affect our DNA over time. If you have estrogen dominance, quercetin is not something I would suggest to have every day, however as the odd supplementation during seasons - this is perfectly fine.
For holidays, quercetin is good to have for insect bites, eczema, allergies, hay fever, psoriasis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and food allergies. It helps to stabilise immune cells that release histamine.
In my cupboard for emergencies, I use the supplement by Viridian because not only is the ingredients very natural and pure, it include B5, nettle, chamomile, pine bark, and acerola. Together they work as an anti-inflammatory formula all year round particularly during the spring when pollen is high. I used this on my husband when he had a reaction in his eye. It works for any inflammation and in response helps swelling go down. However there is not one supplement that works for everyone. This is happens to be one which I gravitate to however there are many other natural brands also that contain quercetin.
Disclaimer: Please check for interactions with any medication you are on. Quercetin has mild contradictions with Antihypertensive drugs, Warfarin and antibiotics.