2006-11-10 / Columnists

Health & Harmony

Time Of The Year For Allergies And Inflammations
Commentary By Dr. Nancy Gahles

DR. Nancy gahles
DR. Nancy gahles Allergies and inflammations abound at this time of year.

While underlying issues of susceptibility always need to be addressed, a "broad spectrum" solution to most of these problems does appear to exist.

Thankfully, it is a flavonoid.

That means it is naturally occurring in nature as a constituent of the citrus flavonoids rutin, hesperidin and quercetin.

These are commonly found in the thick white rind around oranges or grapefruit sections and in apples.

I have long been a proponent of taking quercetin for allergies as well as inflammation of joints or swelling after injury.

Its anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to me on a clinical basis for many years.

Recently, I read a study about quercetin that prompted me to tell you more about its activity and hope in other instances of chronic disease. M. Cruz-Correa and D.A. Shoskes, recently conducted a human trial using quercetin and curcumin (turmeric) and found a reduced colon cancer incidence in high risk subjects.

Correlative findings were also published in a study reported in The European Journal of Nutrition (M.J. van Erik, et al.; 2005).

According to James Meschino, DC, MS, "Quercetin inhibits the manufacture and release of histamine and other allergic/inflammatory mediators, which gives quercetin supplementation application in a variety of inflammatory and allergic reactions (arthritis, joint inflammation, asthma, hay fever, lupus, etc).

It also demonstrates impressive anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties." Dr. Meschino, in reviewing other human trials and animal studies, says that quercetin and curcumin have shown evidence of improvement in prostatitis, inhibition of diabetic cataracts and anti-tumor effects.

It bears following up if it applies to your own life.

As with all other new beginnings, if you decide to embark upon a change in your diet or medication regimen, it is advised that you consult with your primary care physician and then consult a qualified integrative medicine specialist.

To find one near you, e-mail me at askDrNancy@aol.com.

May The Blessings Be!

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