Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Quercetin & Me



What is Quercetin?
Quercetin is a plant-derived flavonoid found in fruits, vegetables, leaves and grains. It is found in small doses in beans and leafy green vegetables, but larger amounts in onions, apples, grapefruits, red wine, buckwheat, green tea and black tea.

Quercetin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It is known to act as a natural antihistamine. Thus Quercetin supplements may help to treat allergies, inflammation and cardiovascular diseases.

My experience with Quercetin
Tired of taking OTC antihistamine, I thought of searching for a natural health supplement that can help alleviate my allergic rhinitis. I read alot and found that Quercetin has very good reviews in many websites from users suffering from allergic rhinitis or sinusitis. So I decided to try it and have been on it for about half a year.

I observed that it reduced the severity of my allergic rhinitis symptoms, but not really the frequency of my attacks. I took 500mg x2 daily. I have read that its more effective to take on empty stomach, but unfortunately, my gastric is quite sensitive and I experienced discomfort taking it on empty stomach. Had no choice but to take it after meals, which works fine for me.

Like any health supplement, I think it works better for some and less so for others, depending on individual condition. Perhaps it would have been more effective if I was able to take it on empty stomach. For me, I still plan to continue with it as it does help reduce the severity of my allergic rhinitis attacks, meaning I can take less OTC antihistamine. Moreover, its not expensive and can be purchased easily online here.

Note: Please discuss with your healthcare provider before taking Quercetin to ensure suitability for your condition.