Roughly 20% of the Australian population suffers from allergies, these can be caused by grasses, pollens, pollutants, molds and foods, to name a few. These allergens trigger an immune response within the body that causes IgE antibodies to attach to cells known as mast cells and basophils; they then release large amounts histamine, pro-inflammatory prostaglandins & cytokines: causing the cluster of symptoms we associate with allergies; runny nose, itchy & watery eyes, irritated throat, skin rash and asthma.
Quercertin is a bioflavonoid; a powerful antioxidant that also acts as an anti-inflammatory and anti-allergen. Quercertin acts by attaching itself to the mast and basophils, reducing their ability to over-react to allergens, reducing their ability to release histamine, pro-inflammatory prostaglandins & cytokines. Quercertin also reduces inflammation by inhibiting immune inflammation pathways in the body.
With the days getting shorter and the need to dress more warmly as the temperature drops, many of us won’t be getting as much Vitamin D from the sun.
Vitamin D is essential for strong bones, proper muscle function and optimal immune functioning. Low Vitamin D may have a connection with Seasonal Affective Disorder, where people experience low mood during the winter months.