Quercetin is a flavonoid (a.k.a. bioflavonoid - a plant pigment that attracts pollinators to the plant) with anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant properties.
The anti-histamine property can shut off the histamine production that occurs during an allergic reaction. The anti-inflammatory property can moderate, or even suppress, the inflammation associated with histamine production as well as inflammation from other medical conditions.
Quercetin naturally occurs in certain fruits, herbs, and vegetables. Supplements are available and typically contain Bromelain, an enzyme that also has anti-histamine properties.
Bromelain increases the bioavailability of the Quercetin, meaning it helps make the Quercetin easier for the body to absorb and use. If formulating your own, Bromelain should be included at 1/4 to 1/3 of the total daily amount of Quercetin. So, if you have 400 mg. of Quercetin, you would want at least 100 mg. of Bromelain.
Quercetin is believed to be beneficial for many medical conditions including, but not limited to: allergies (environmental, food), cancer prevention cataracts, diabetes, heart disease, and inflammatory diseases (asthma, arthritis, etc.)
Dosage (check with your veterinarian, s/he may want a different dosage):
It is recommended that the total daily dosage be split into 2 doses given 12 hours apart.
Potential Drug Interactions:
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