Quercetin – natural relief for seasonal allergies, good for the pooch and it’s hoomans

I was very fortunate with Teegy, he has no issues with the seasons or any food allergies, paws crossed.  Our little Tufty on the other hand, well he constantly has his head buried in the grass,  sniffing and having a munch on the grass because he thinks he’s a Yorkshire Cow rather than a Terrier.

After a good graze he gets all snuffly and I noticed it’s the same time of year that I get impacted with seasonal allergies.  I find a couple of millilitres of regular liquid benadryl allergy, in a wee bit of food definitely helps him out, but like everything I seem to do these days, I would like to find a more natural remedy to help both of us.

On a side note, both Teegy and Tufty have been stung by wasps, nasty little buggers, I find the same dose of liquid benadryl allergy works fantastically for ease of suffering from the sting and brings down the swelling.  Thankfully neither are allergic to wasp stings.

http://www.heronviewrawandnatural.com/, where I get my dog food also have a fantastic facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/59979896589/.  Their many clients have a wealth of information as well as the staff and owner Lori Dzingala.

All these people have been feeding species appropriate raw diets and using natural holistic and homeopathic means of treating their pets and animals.  So I was very happy when seasonal allergies was brought up, because I know I’m going to learn something.

Quercetin.  Well of course off I go to do my research.  I found a very informative explanation of Quercetin on Better Nutrition Magazine.  So I thought I’d share the article with you, granted it’s about a human patient, but it details the properties very well.

It discusses the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, also mentioning digestive enzymes bromelain (found in pineapple) and papain (found in papaya).  All of these items can be purchased at your local health food shop.  My particular local shop carries the NOW brand  http://www.nowfoods.com/Quercetin-with-Bromelain-120-Veg-Capsules.htm  Product image for SKU 3070


Quercetin: More Energy, Fewer Allergies
By Jack Challem
This powerful antioxidant can boost stamina and reduce blood pressure

THE BASICS: Quercetin (pronounced kwair-sih-tin) is an antioxidant flavonoid found in many different fruits and vegetables. Supplements have been found helpful in improving exercise stamina and prostatitis in people. Experimental evidence suggests that quercetin may be helpful in reducing blood pressure, pollen allergies, and possibly cancer risk.

ALIAS: Chemically, quercetin is closely related to rutin and quercitrin, two other flavonoids. Quercetin lacks a sugar molecule that is attached to these other flavonoids. When rutin and quercitrin are digested, intestinal bacteria remove the sugar molecule.

In addition to being an antioxidant, quercetin also has anti-inflammatory properties. It may alter the interaction between two key types of immune cells, Th1 and Th2.

HEALTH BENEFITS: Quercetin has some striking health benefits.

Exercise stamina. Recent research on trained athletes and people just beginning a regimen of physical activity showed that supplemental quercetin can increase endurance. People taking 1,000 milligrams of quercetin daily had increased numbers of mitochondria in their muscle cells, which would help in energy production. In addition, quercetin may reduce the risk of flu after strenuous exercise.

In one study, J. Mark Davis, PhD, and his colleagues at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, tested 12 sedentary subjects’ endurance on an exercise bicycle. After taking quercetin supplements—500 milligrams twice daily for one week—the subjects’ lung function and stamina improved. A separate study, conducted at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, found that 1,000 milligrams of quercetin led to better treadmill workouts after only two weeks.

Prostatitis. Nonbacterial prostatitis causes severe pelvic pain and is difficult to treat, but quercetin may be of tremendous benefit. Researchers at the Institute for Male Urology, in Los Angeles, gave men with prostatitis 1,000 milligrams of quercetin daily for a month. Two-thirds of the men had at least a 25 percent reduction in symptoms. When the doctors added bromelain and papain supplements to enhance quercetin absorption, 82 percent of the patients got better.

Pollen allergies and asthma. Alternatively minded physicians have long suggested quercetin supplements to help ease pollen allergies. There’s good reason for the recommendation. A Japanese study of 20 people with pollen allergies found that quercetin supplements reduced eye irritation and itching. The subjects were given 200 milligrams of a proprietary form of quercetin for eight weeks. Meanwhile, an animal study found that quercetin significantly reduced asthmatic reactions. Still other research has found that quercetin reduces the reactivity of mast cells, which release histamine during allergic reactions.

Blood pressure. Some evidence suggests that quercetin supplements might help lower blood pressure. Researchers at the University of Utah found that people with mild hypertension improved after taking 730 milligrams of quercetin daily for 28 days. Quercetin had no effect on people with normal blood pressure.

GLEANINGS: The richest food sources of quercetin are capers, lovage (also known as sea parsley), buckwheat, and apples. It’s also concentrated in honey and the outermost rings of red onions.

HEADS UP: When shopping for quercetin, look for supplements in capsules. Some quercetin-containing sports drinks contain either too little quercetin or too much sugar.

WHAT YOU SHOULD TAKE: To ease pollen allergies, start with 250 milligrams of quercetin daily. If it doesn’t alleviate symptoms, slowly increase the daily amount to 1,000 milligrams. For prostatitis, take 1,000 to 2,000 milligrams daily. To increase exercise endurance, take 1,000 milligrams daily.


product examples (from left)

Jarrow Formulas Quercetin 500 capsules provides 500 mg of the flavonoid in just one capsule.
Twinlab Quercetin+C combines noncitrus vitamin C (1,400 mg) with 500 mg of quercetin in two capsules.
Irwin Naturals Aller-Pure softgels help alleviate allergy symptoms and boost immunity with a mix of herbs and nutrients, including 300 mg of quercetin.
Reserveage Organics Ultimate Antioxidant blends the powerful antioxidant resveratrol from red grapes with 100 mg of quercetin, pomegranate, green tea, cocoa, and grape seed extract.

Dr. Karen Becker is a favourite of mine and I follow her on Mercola Healthy Pets.  Always a great resource if you ever want to research natural options for your pets.

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/07/05/valuable-nutrients-for-pets-who-suffer-from-seasonal-allergies.aspx.  Her articles generally include a video where she discusses the health issue and an informative article that follows.  I highly recommend subscribing to her site.



4 thoughts on “Quercetin – natural relief for seasonal allergies, good for the pooch and it’s hoomans

  1. Thanks Sandra, I read your blog faithfully and I can’t tell you how much I learn and I appreciate all the info and the help you provide to our little ones

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