Hesperetin/Hesperidin for Hay Fever
Hesperetin and hesperidin are almost identical except that the latter is bound to a sugar molecule. Research shows that these potent phytonutrients have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic, and cholesterol-lowering actions, and also protect blood vessels against damage. These are just some of the therapeutic side-effects of hesperidin. Hesperidin is also beneficial for allergies and hay fever because of its antihistamine properties. Green vegetables are a source of hesperidin / hesperetin. You can also find them in their highest concentration in citrus fruits like lemons and oranges, especially the white part, or pith. Of course, avoid citrus fruits if you suspect that you are sensitive to them.
Take Quercetin to Quell Allergy Symptoms
Quercetin is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-histamine phytonutrient. Research shows that eating a quercetin-rich diet lowers LDL (harmful) cholesterol, blood pressure, and risk of heart disease, as well as the risk of prostate, colon, ovarian, breast, gastric, prostate, and cervical cancers. These are great beneficial side-effects but we’re interested in its ability to help allergy symptoms and to improve lung function. Apples and onions are excellent sources of quercetin. Some studies show that people who eat a lot of apples have improved lung function and reduced risk of lung conditions. Other good sources include: berries, cabbage, cauliflower, nuts (not peanuts), and black, green, or white tea.
It is frequently beneficial to take quercetin in a supplement form to assist with the histamine-induced sinus congestion, runny eyes or nose, or other allergy symptoms. The food sources of this nutrient are helpful but when you’re experiencing full-blown allergies, you may need higher doses of this anti-histamine-type nutrient to combat uncomfortable symptoms. Most quercetin supplements also contain the enzyme bromelain, which is an excellent anti-allergy combination. Most people find relief from taking 400 milligrams of quercetin twice daily.
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