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Preparing for Allergy Season

Approximately one-third of Canadians suffer from seasonal allergies. Many people battle the season with a box of anti-histamines in one hand and a box of tissue in the other. What many people don’t realize is that there are alternatives to minimize, and in some cases all together prevent, seasonal allergies. Here are some options to beat the allergy season:

Quercetin: A bioflavanoid and antioxidant found in apples, onions and citrus fruit. Quercetin has been shown to stabilize mast cells, the cells responsible for releasing histamine. It is typically recommended to start one month ahead of allergy season and to take 1000 – 1500mg in divided doses every day.

Bromelain: An enzyme found in pineapples, bromelain reduces inflammation and improves the absorption of quercetin. Some products combine quercetin and bromelain, making it convenient to take.

Pascallerg: A homeopathic medicine by Pascoe, can be taken both preventatively as well as for symptomatic relief. A study of 471 patients found that 98.5% had partial to complete resolution of allergy symptoms with only 1.5% having no improvement.

Here’s to stopping to smell the flowers!

Dr. Stephanie Andrews, ND

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