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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Quercetin - Alternative Medicine for Dogs and Cats - Benefits, Interactions, Dosage



In this article...

1. Quercetin

2. Health Benefits

3. Cautions

4. Side Effects

5. Drug Interactions

6. Administration and Dosage

Safe for dogs and cats when taken for short-term periods
i.e. up to 12 weeks at a time with a break in-between
prior the next course of treatment



1.0 Quercetin



What is Quercetin…

Quercetin sometimes called nature’s Benadryl, is a naturally occurring flavonoid found in many plants. Flavonoids (or bioflavonoids) are plant-pigments that play an essential role in attracting pollinators to plants.  Flavonoids also offer a host of beneficial properties to humans, dogs, cats and other animals. Quercetin is:

  • Anti-allergenic;
  • Anti-carcinogenic;
  • Antifungal;
  • Anti-Inflammatory;
  • Anti-microbial;
  • Anti-viral.

Quercitin can be found in rich concentrations in some fruits, vegetables and herbs – for example…

  • Apples (fresh);
  • Berries;
  • Bananas;
  • Broccoli;
  • Cherries (dark);
  • Garlic (fresh);
  • Grapefruit (particularly white grapefruit) and grapefruit seed extract;
  • Green tea;
  • Ginkgo bilboa;
  • Chamomile tea;
  • Parsley;
  • Summer squash;
  • St. John’s Wort.  

Quercetin is Available In Supplemental Form…

  • Capsules;
  • Drops;
  • Pills;
  • Powder;
As quercetin can sometimes be difficult for the body to assimilate, taking Bromelain (pineapple derived digestive enzyme) with quercetin can add absorption;
  • Bromelain also works to inhibit histamine; 
  • The ratio of intake is ¼ to 1/3 the amount of bromelain to quercetin. 


2.0 Health Benefits
 A partial list...
  • Anti-allergen…
    • Asthma (an inflammatory disease);
      • Quercetin minimizes the degree of constriction that occurs as it moderates the constriction of bronchial tubes.
    • Environmental allergies
      • Dust and dust mites;
      • Chemical-based cleaning products;
      • Insect bites;
      • Insect and parasite preventatives  - chemical based;
      • Grass and wild flower (weed) pollens;
      • Trees and tree pollen;
      • Mould , mushroom, fungus spores;
    • Food Allergies;
    • Quercetin’s anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant properties work together to turn-off histamine production and suppress or reduce inflammation and itching.
  • Anti-Inflammatory;
  • Atherosclerosis - hardening of the arteries, (an inflammatory disease);
  • Blood Conditions;
  • Cataracts;
  • Cancer prevention;
    • Breast cancer;
    • Colon cancer;
    • Endometrial cancer;
    • Ovarian cancer;
    • Prostate cancer;
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome;
  • Diabetes;
  • Heart conditions and heart disease;
  • Inflammation;
  • Prostate pain and inflammation;
  • Vascular (circulation) issues;
  • Viral infections.



3.0 Cautions...

  • Very high doses can cause kidney damage;
  • DO not give Quercetin to dog and cats with kidney disease;
  • Do not give to pregnant or lactating dogs and cats.



4.0 Side Effects...

  • ·    In some individuals can cause tingling in the limbs.



5.0 Drug Interactions...

  • Some antibiotics;
  • Cyclosporin;
  • Medications changed by the liver;
  • Medications moved by pumps in cells.


6.0 Administration and Dosage…



Administration…

  • Quercetin can be administered for up to 12 consecutive weeks at a time;
  • Only use Quercetin for as long as absolutely required – you should not keep your dog or cat on permanently on Quercetin;

Dosage…

  • Dog’s or Cat’s body weight (lbs) x 1000mg;
  • Divide the resulting number by 125;
  • The resulting number will be the mg daily dosage required;
  • Then split the daily dosage in half;
  • Administer the half dosage two times a day with food.

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