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Friday, April 15, 2011

Fight Allergies With Apples And Red Onions

Itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing and asthma. Symptoms of yet another change in the seasons. You could pop one of your favorite allergy pills or...you could eat an apple. Not just one apple, but maybe an apple or two every day for awhile.

Maybe you have heard the old saying, "a apple a day, keeps the doctor away". Is there any scientific substance to this claim to better health by the regular consumption of apples?

Actually, scientists have discovered that the peelings of apples and red onions contain the highest amount of a natural chemical called quercetin. This chemical as a flavonoid, is a powerful anti-oxidant, anti-carcinomic, anti-inflammatory and natural anti-histamine.

Quercetin also strengthens the capillaries and connective tissues. Some people take quercetin as a dietary supplement for the health benefits that it provides. Nutritionists recommend taking no more than 200-500 mg. three times a day, because in higher doses, problems can occur.

Problems like headaches, bladder infections and acid reflux. Individuals that are the most likely to experience problems with higher doses of quercetin are in many cases the same individuals that are sensitive to citrus fruits. With that thought in mind, many OTC quercetin supplements have been combined with Vitamin C, because quercetin enhances the benefits of Vitamin C.

But since Vitamin C is mainly derived from citrus fruits, it might be better to get your quercetin from apples and red onions if you are sensitive to citrus. In fact, sometimes these OTC quercetin supplements will say right on the bottle not to combine with apples or red onions, because that would be too much quercetin.

So, why not just skip the supplement altogether and eat apples and red onions? Don't like red onions? You could also drink pomegranate juice or green and black teas as a substitute source of quercetin, if you like. Either way, the next time you are enjoying a cold, crisp, red apple, remember that you will be sneezing less tomorrow.

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