Michael L. Love: parsley and allergies follow-up
Now that my eyes have been sensitized to dryness for the very first time in my life, I think that I can describe something I would call parsley eyes. They are apparently a little dryer than what they normally would be, even without any anti-histamine. In fact, my eyes have returned to normal, though perhaps occasionally on the dry side of normal. On my bicycle this morning, it was clear that my wet winter nose had returned. The stye is gone, and I stopped the niacin a day or two ago. Of course, the dryness would be linked to the CFTR blockade from the parsley regimen, but it also appears that a normal dose of anti-histamine was far too much, when combined with the parsley. I think that a few doses of niacin helped the stye recovery immensely, and now I think I am in the normal range, better than I was before.
This experience has taught me very much about the interplay between flavonoids and histamine. In the future, I may experiment with a very low dose of anti-histamine, which may be beneficial, if you can find one with high H1 receptor selectivity. Now that the dry eyes has been solved, I will be continuing with the parsley regimen for the foreseeable. There are just too many benefits from high dose polyphenol to give the parsley up, besides the fact that it is delicious.
This would be a good time to reiterate concerns around the use of flavonoid and polyphenol supplements with respect to development; pregnancy, nursing, and little children. As I have previously pointed out these concerns, I would only wish to indicate this caveat. For example, some women are using parsley in an attempt to restore or regularize menstruation. I don’t know if it is effective, but if so, then there could obviously be a danger of miscarriage during pregnancy or worse.
Published Friday, February 05, 2010 04:05 PM by proclus