Quercetin and Bromelain for Allergies

get rid of sinus pressure naturally

Sinus pain and pressure that often comes with allergies can be intense. A runny nose and itchy, watery eyes can drive anyone nuts. Just before allergy season hits hard I like to add in quercetin and bromelain. Quercetin and bromelain are great for allergies but the major benefit is they both fight inflammation. Keeping the sinus pressure under control can make allergy season tolerable.

It isn’t my first line of defense for allergies I like to start by avoiding allergy triggers and adding vitamins that help allergies. During the worst of allergy season, vitamins alone may not be enough. The first supplements I like to add are probiotics (these can be taken year round) then quercetin and bromelain for allergy season.

What is Quercetin?

Red Onions are a Great Source of QuercetinQuercetin is a type of flavonoid found in plants. It is in plants with dark colors like red, purple and green, it also can be found in some teas (green tea). Red onions are great natural sources for quercetin. Apples, berries, and grape are fruit sources that contain good amounts.

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Vitamin E and Vitamin C for Allergies

Vitamin C for Allergies

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, fighting free radicals and helping the immune system. It may not always be thought of as helpful for allergies but there are good reasons to take vitamin C for allergies.

How vitamin C Helps Allergies

Vitamin C helps allergies by breaking down and getting rid of excess histamine. Histamine is part of the allergy process that causes a runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing and sneezing.

Vitamin C can help strengthen the immune system but allergies aren’t a sign of a weak immune system. It is more of an overactive, misguided immune system. Vitamin C can help the immune system become more efficient, this can help the body stop attacking harmless allergens. It not only helps white blood cells (cells that help fight infections) become more efficient as it helps protect them from damage.

Vitamin C deficiencies

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Vitamins that Help Allergies

Vitamins that help allergies

When I first started to look for allergy solutions vitamins never crossed my mind. I found they were a BIG piece of the puzzle! When I was younger I would have laughed at the idea that there are vitamins that help allergies. I have since learned how much I do not know and how much doctors do not know. The side effects from allergy medication can be extreme especially if you need to take more than one to control allergies.

Allergies that aren’t life-threatening are looked at as an annoyance but in reality, it impacts a large part of your life. After living with someone who had allergies for years I never realized the full impact it had on our life until the allergies started to improve. The constant stress on your body from allergies, the fatigue from allergies and side effects of the medication, the mental fog, all the symptoms can be overwhelming and cause you to feel hopeless when medical treatments don’t fix the problem.

Desperation is when most people finally turn to a natural solution. I realize now this is backward but whenever looking into vitamins it feels as if there are more warning about the dangers of taking vitamins or supplements as opposed to taking medication. It makes trying something scary (not to mention embarrassing since in the past I may have laughed at people who always had a “natural cure” for something).

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