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Natural help for allergies

If your allergies are seasonal and really annoying you may want to consider some natural help. Quercetin is my favorite as it helps stabilize the release of histamines from certain immune cells which decreases some of your symptoms like coughs, watery eyes, runny noses and even hives.

Bulking up on vitamin C will also help control histamine reactions. I find the best absorbed C is Camu Camu. Also important is vitamin D3. As we know this is good to fortify the immune system in the winter to prevent the flu but it also can shore up the immune system to fight allergies in the spring and summer. One of my favorites is Manuka Honey. I actually put a little bit up my nose and within minutes it seems to attack pathogens and cause my nose to run. Soon I find it clears out. The active ingredient, MGL methylglyoxal, has been shown to be effective for treatments against nasal mucus. Do some of your own research on this exquisite treatment from New Zealand and see if it can help you too.

Butterbur extract can help alleviate headaches and congestion as it blocks the swelling in the nasal passages. It is like an antihistamine without the drowsiness side effect. Another old fashioned (but now trendy) home remedy is apple cider vinegar. Not only can you takes some orally to alkalize the body but if you use a Neti pot to steam your head, put some in it and see how it helps to flush out your sinus’.

And of course to try to control production of mucus you might want to consider eliminating diary (especially cheese), eggs, potatoes, bananas, corn products, sweets and white processed carbohydrates. You also need to make sure you are taking a well-rounded vitamin complex to keep the immune system strong.

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Allergy season?

sneezeInvaders in your body, especially during the spring when everything starts to bloom are not fun. As the immune system produces antibodies and the special white blood cell spring into action they can create inflammation and typical allergic symptoms of sinus problems, coughing, runny noses and people not being happy to have allergies.

A few of the natural things you can use to help offset these unwanted symptoms include quercetin, echinacea, nettles and butterbur. Quercetin is a plant flavanoid that acts as an antihistaminic and antiallergic compound. Studies have shown it effectively reduces histamine release and helped reduce those nasal symptoms that normally make us feel bad. Echinacea is a herb that we normally think of taking when we get a cold as it has been shown to be effective in upper respiratory conditions. It is an immune modulator so may help in regulating over-inflammation. It is not to be taken for a long period of time or the body will adapt and it will be ineffective. Five days is a good length of time.

Another common solution for allergies is taking stinging nettle tea or in a supplement. Studies have shown it also helped rhinitis and allergic symptoms after being used for one week. Butterbur as an herbal extract, also is a good solution for hay fever. It has been shown to reduce histamine release and was more effective than a drug antihistamine which can make you sleepy.

Of course, taking these is a wise move if your allergies are seasonal or intermittent. But, if you have chronic problems it would be wise to get tested to see exactly what is the trigger and deal with it through a good forward-thinking MD or Naturopathic Physician.

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Quercetin helps allergies and belly fat!

orangeMy vet clued me into Quercetin years ago as she was taking it for her allergies and suggested I give it to my cat for his season problems. It worked! Quercetin is the backbone structure for flavonoids, “nature’s biologic response modifiers”. It is the most active of the flavonoids and in clinical trials has demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory and antiallergic activity by inhibiting the manufacture and the release of histamine and other allergic/inflammatory mediators.

However, there is a more bioavailable form of this flavonoid: enzymatically modified isoquercitrin (EMIQ). EMIQ greatly increases quercetin levels in the blood compared to the ingestion of quercetin or rutin (another flavonoid). Most clinical studies have used a dosage of 200mg daily of EMIQ which would equal 8000 mg of quercetin. So if you don’t like to take a lot of pills, EMIQ is for you.

EMIQ also is great for belly fat reduction. It promotes enzymes that encourage the breakdown of fat within fat cells. Studies have shown subcutaneous fat and waist circumference to be reduced significantly (20%).  Quercetin is better absorbed if you take bromelain with it, but EMIQ doesn’t need any “co-factors”. Neither have shown any side-effects even when large quantities have been consumed for up to two years. EMIQ is recognized as safe (GRAS). Both forms may enhance uptake of certain drugs from the intestines so if you take it you may be able to reduce the dosages. Check with your ND about this.

source: Quercetin by Michael T. Murray, ND, Vitamin Retailer, Nov. 2014

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