Q. Dear Terry, “I suffer from seasonal allergies that are worse in the spring. I have tried a lot of prescription and over-the-counter medications in the past, but didn’t get a lot of relief. I am looking for any natural recommendations you have. Thanks!” – Ryan G., Sandy Springs, GA
A. Dear Ryan, I think one of the biggest changes we can make to decrease allergies and respiratory tract inflammation is to adjust our diet. When it comes to diet, I believe it’s important to eliminate all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend visiting the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com, www.drperlmutter.com, and www.dietdoctor.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
I think that quercetin and vitamin C can be very beneficial for allergies. Quercetin acts on a compound in the body called histamine. Histamine is a major player in allergies and contributes to common allergy symptoms like sneezing and runny nose. Quercetin inhibits the release of histamine from our immune cells (mast cells and eosinophils), which can translate to a significant reduction in allergy symptoms. Additionally, quercetin has antiviral properties and may help prevent sinus infections, which are primarily caused by viruses. A powerful partner for quercetin is vitamin C. Vitamin C is also important for immune system balance and reducing allergy symptoms. Vitamin C can also help reboot quercetin levels in the body.
I would take quercetin from the Japanese pagoda tree with 250 mg of vitamin C twice per day.
You may also want to consider boswellia because it helps to decrease respiratory inflammation resulting from the 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX) pathway. When choosing a boswellia extract, I believe an extract standardized for AKBA content is essential. This is one of boswellia’s most powerful components, which is why it is so often the focus of research. However, there is another compound in boswellia that is actually pro-inflammatory, which is called beta-boswellic acid (BBA). The boswellia extract I recommend is standardized to high levels of AKBA and virtually free of BBA. I would take boswellia twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally
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