Health & Harmony
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!