Quercetin Bromelain to the rescue!
Allergy and inflammatory conditions are triggered by contact with allergens that are absorbed into the blood. When allergens meet special immune cells containing histamine, the cell wall of the immune cell becomes leaky and releases histamine into the surrounding blood and tissues. Allergen released histamine produces the familiar allergic symptoms of runny noses, blocked sinuses, itchy eyes, blotchy skin, coughing and wheezing.
Quercetin is an antioxidant flavonoid found in many different fruits and vegetables which also has anti-inflammatory properties. Quercetin actually helps to stabilize the cell walls of the immune components that contain histamine. This stabilization helps prevent release of histamine. The allergy symptoms simply will not occur without release of histamine, even though you have inhaled pollen, animal hair, or whatever normally triggers allergy attacks.
Bromelain, is a protein-digesting natural enzyme. Bromelain is isolated from pineapple; it is literally made by grinding the stem of a pineapple. Bromelain works with quercetin in two ways: First, as an enzyme, it helps your body absorb a higher percentage of the quercetin you consume. Second, bromelain is proven to have its own anti-inflammatory properties.
You need to keep Quercetin Bromelain at least 1 hour from foods to be effective.
Now understand Quercetin Bromelain is not a decongestant or anti-histamine like the over the counter stuff, so it won’t dry you out, it just stops excess mucus production and allergy reactions. It also takes 3 WEEKs to become fully effective. That means you need to ideally start 3 weeks before your allergy season begins, but even if you are already in allergy season just double the dosage on the label for a week or two and then reduce and take as directed. People with citrus or pineapple allergies should not take bromelain.
This combination has been found to have benefits for many inflammatory health concerns including asthma, joint problems, phlebitis, etc. and even cancer.