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Asthma Relief

A big shout out to a few of our dedicated followers with inquiries for natural remedies for asthma.  This is a great question and in my research, I stumbled upon Quercetin.  Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that occurs naturally in nature.  It is found in garlic, onions, and dark fruits and vegetables.  It is also found in:

Apples

Grapes

Broccoli

Green peppers

Italian squash

Tomatoes

Cayenne pepper

Black and green tea

Red wine

 

The benefits of quercetin in asthma are anti-inflammatory, remembering that asthma is inflammation of the airways.  Quercetin :  blocks antigen induced basophil/histamine release, blocks antigen induced release of leukotrienes, inhibits mast-cell degranulation and is a potent antioxidant.

Quercetin is best absorbed between meals (ie/ an apple or grapes are great snacks) and it also comes in supplement form combined with bromelain.  It is safe for kids and is distributed in chewable tabs.  As always, I recommend trying to get this great antioxidant from your food rather than a supplement.  Of course, this doesn’t replace traditional asthma treatments.

First identify and remove any triggers, keep a food diary of symptoms, reduce stress and anxiety and get plenty of rest.

During an asthma attack –it helps to breathe slowly into a paper bag as you see people do with panic attacks.  Meditation is also a great method.

If you suffer from Asthma-please consult your physician.  However, eating REAL FOOD-could possibly give you the antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that you need!

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