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bromelain/quercetin
What Is It?
General Interaction
Cautions


What Is It?

When dealing with inflammatory conditions (such as eczema or allergies), there are several good reasons to consider products that combine bromelain, a natural anti-inflammatory derived from pineapples, and quercetin, a plant pigment (or flavonoid) prominent in apples and onions.

The main advantages of using combination bromelain/quercetin capsules are cost and convenience. Taking them together is also a smart move because they enhance each other's anti-inflammatory actions. In addition, bromelain seems to increase the absorption of quercetin into the bloodstream.

With a combination product, the inflammation and itching of eczema may respond more rapidly than when either supplement is used alone. The same positive dynamic occurs when treating common allergy symptoms. Quercetin, a natural antihistamine, may be particularly helpful in relieving hay fever and other allergic reactions.

As a rule of thumb when calculating a combination dosage, try to get approximately the same number of milligrams of quercetin and bromelain. Finding a product that provides this balance may be a little tricky, so an approximation is just fine.

For more information on bromelain or quercetin, see the separate entries in the WholeHealth MD Reference Library.

General Interaction

Although no problems have ever been reported, theoretically you should use caution when combining bromelain with anticoagulants (blood thinners), such as coumadin or warfarin; as an extremely mild blood-thinner itself, bromelain increases the effect of a second blood-thinner. The best approach for anyone concerned about possible interactions with a specific drug or dietary supplement is to refer to the separate bromelain or quercetin entry in our WholeHealthMD Reference Library.

Cautions

 While bromelain and quercetin are generally considered safe, even at high doses, avoid taking this combination if you have an active gastric or duodenal ulcer. In addition, bromelain can actually cause an allergic reaction (red or itchy eyes, sneezing, running nose, throat irritation) in people who are sensitive to pineapples.

 Check with your doctor before taking bromelain if you're on prescription anti-inflammatory medication.


Date Published: 04/18/2005
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