- Do You Always Fall Prey To Seasonal Allergies? Control Your Allergies With These Natural Antihistamines
- Some common symptoms of seasonal allergies are as follows:
- 1. Probiotics:
- 2. Quercetin:
- 3. Vitamin C:
- 4. Salt:
- 5. Omega-3 fatty acids:
- Natural antihistamines as support for histamine intolerance
- The cross with histamine
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6
- Plant extracts and Co
- Conventional and Natural Treatment Options for Allergy Relief
- Allergy Medication Classes
- Mast Cell Stabilizers
- Common Decongestant and Antihistamine Combinations
- The Issue of Drowsiness
- Homeopathic Treatments
- Emerald Labs Allergy Health
- Integrative Therapeutics AllQlear
- Dong Quai
- Milk Thistle
- Stinging Nettle
- Essential Oils
- Basil Oil
- Eucalyptus Oil
- Lemon Oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Neti Pot
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Local Raw Honey or Bee Pollen
- Important Note On Natural Remedies
- When should you see a doctor?
- 10 All-Natural Antihistamines to Beat Winter Indoor Allergies
- 1. Pure Mountain Botanicals Organic Stinging Nettle Leaf Capsules
- 2. Quercetin by MRM
- 3. Country Life Triple Strength Bromelain
- 4. Vitanica Butterbur Extra
- 5. Nature’s Way Nettle Leaf
- 6. Micro Ingredients Maximum Strength Pure Quercetin Dihydrate Powder
- 7. Revly Bromelain
- 8. Solaray Butterbur Extract
- 9. Traditional Medicinals Organic Nettle Herbal Leaf Tea
- 10. Doctor’s Best Quercetin Bromelain
- An Orange a Day Helps Keep Allergies Away
Do You Always Fall Prey To Seasonal Allergies? Control Your Allergies With These Natural Antihistamines
One generally avoids taking medications for seasonal allergies.
- Seasonal allergies can make you feel terrible
- Probiotics may boost a person's immune system
- Salt is one of the most underrated natural allergy remedies
Seasonal allergies can make you feel terrible. You suffer from sneezing, red or puffy eyes, congestion, and sinus pressure all of which are unbearable. One generally avoids taking medications for these symptoms. Fortunately, there is evidence that some natural solutions can ease your symptoms.
There are numerous drugs for allergies but these medicines have their own side effects as well. The functioning of histamines can help you better understand how natural antihistamines can be a relief during the allergy season. Your allergies are an immune response to a harmless substance.
This substance whether it is pollen or dust comes into contact with the cells in the mucus membranes of your nose, mouth, intestines, lungs, stomach and throat. This triggers the release of histamine. Histamine is a protein that causes all of the symptoms you associate with allergies sneezing, watery eyes and other cold- symptoms you despise.
Antihistamines on the other hand block the histamine activity, seeking to stop the allergic reaction. Therefore, eating a diet rich in natural antihistamines can help prevent the allergic reactions thereby reducing the need for the drugs.
Antihistamines on the other hand block the histamine activity, seeking to stop the allergic reaction.
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Also read: Here's Why Your Grandparents Never Had Food Allergies
Some common symptoms of seasonal allergies are as follows:
- Puffy eyes
- Chest tightness
- Blocked nose
- Swollen lips
- Red and dry skin
- Itchy eyes
Probiotics are micro organisms that offer numerous health benefits by helping the body maintain a healthful balance of gut bacteria. Probiotics may also boost a person's immune system, which can help the body fight off allergies. You should include foods kefir, yogurt and traditional buttermilk in your diet.
You should include foods kefir, yogurt and traditional buttermilk in your diet
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Quercetin which is usually derived from pigments in apple skins and the inner skins of red onions is extremely helpful. The ideal way to take quercetin is with a coconut drink.
The good fat in coconut makes quercetin more bio available. Turmeric is yet another excellent remedy for reducing inflammation associated with allergies.
Foods that you should incorporate in your diet are mango, apple, pineapple, strawberries, cherries, broccoli and oranges.
Turmeric is yet another excellent remedy for reducing inflammation associated with allergies.
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3. Vitamin C:
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and is loaded with several health benefits, including its wonderful ability to act as an effective antihistamine.
Vitamin C is beneficial for those suffering from allergies because it prevents the formation of histamine. It also reduces inflammation by helping to better balance the immune system.
Include citrus fruits lemon and oranges and other fruits strawberries, pineapples, kiwi, watermelons and mangoes in your diet.
Include citrus fruits lemon and oranges in your diet
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Also read: New Gene Therapy To 'Turn Off' Asthma And Food Allergies
Salt is one of the most underrated natural allergy remedies, yet it is effective in relieving many of the symptoms that commonly occur with allergies.
When allergy symptoms flare, put a small amount of unprocessed salt at the end of your tongue and allow it to be absorbed. You would feel its effects within seconds.
Although you may need to experiment with the amount and frequency of using salt until you find what suits best for your body.
Salt is one of the most underrated natural allergy remedies
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5. Omega-3 fatty acids:
Omega-3 fatty acids are effective in reducing allergic reactions through their anti-inflammatory properties. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in foods such as fish, flax seed oil, chia seeds, soya beans, canola oil and walnuts. Therefore, you should include them in your diet.
Also read: 6 Eye Allergies You Should Be Aware Of
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Natural antihistamines as support for histamine intolerance
A runny nose, difficulty breathing, headaches or hot flashes are just a few of the many complaints that can occur when the body is overloaded with histamine.
The necessary remedy is provided by drugs – so-called antihistamines (“antiallergics”) – which weaken or neutralise the effect of the body’s own messenger substance histamine by blocking histamine receptors or reducing their receptor activity.
But also numerous vitamins and minerals as well as plant substances have a great potential due to their valuable ingredients to better break down excess histamine in the body.
The cross with histamine
Histamine is a natural substance that the body itself produces or ingests through food.
The tissue hormone is indispensable because it serves a variety of functions in the body – such as stimulation of gastric juice, the sleep-wake rhythm, wound healing, appetite control, regulation of body temperature and blood pressure, and much more.
It also plays an important role in the defence against foreign substances and is released explosively in the course of an immune reaction to allergenic substances.
This reaction is reflected in the typical physical symptoms such as the frequently occurring “flush” (skin redness with a feeling of heat) or diarrhoea, itching, headaches as well as migraines and dizziness – to name but a few. Histamine is also involved in allergies and appears in the classic symptoms – the question of natural alternatives is all too often great. But how sensible is the use of micronutrients actually? The following info. part shows an explanation.
The trace element zinc modulates and sustainably strengthens the immune system – after all, it has an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiviral effect. As a component of more than 300 enzyme systems, it is involved in all important processes in the body.
This power substance is indispensable especially for allergies and allergic reactions and is used in accompanying therapy. Studies have shown that zinc reduces the release of histamine from mast cells and promotes the biochemical degradation of histamine.
As an existing zinc deficiency reduces the overall immunological defence, care should be taken to ensure a sufficient supply. Good sources of zinc are animal foods such as meat, offal, oysters, dairy products, eggs or fish.
The plant-based zinc suppliers primarily include spinach, oat flakes, wheat germ and wholemeal products.
Calcium plays a central role in allergic reactions. The vital mineral is responsible for the preservation and stabilization of the cell membranes. It is assumed that calcium stabilizes the membranes of mast cells and thus suppresses the release of histamine. The administration of calcium is recommended to prevent sun allergy.
Calcium is able to reduce the erythema and wheals caused by histamine. Calcium is found in considerable amounts in animal foods, although some vegetables such as kale, fennel and broccoli as well as various nuts such as almonds, Brazil nuts and hazelnuts are also considered rich in calcium.
Depending on the degree of hardness, drinking water can also provide considerable amounts of calcium and contribute to daily requirements.
Vitamin C is one of the most important antioxidants and at the same time involved in a variety of metabolic processes. The water-soluble vitamin can break down histamine effects in the body – this is why it is also known as a “natural antihistamine”.
Clinical studies suggest that the administration of vitamin C has a positive effect on reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in people with allergic diseases. In acute situations in particular, it can quickly inhibit histamine and prevent the immune reaction. In the plant kingdom, all fresh fruits and vegetables provide plenty of vitamin C.
Particularly high amounts of vitamin C contain acerola cherries, sea buckthorn, paprika, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, kiwi and citrus fruits. Those who want to cover their vitamin C requirements with high-quality micronutrient preparations are well advised to use a particularly stomach-friendly vitamin C compound.
Un pure ascorbic acid, buffered vitamin C in the form of calcium ascorbate does not react acidically and is also suitable for sensitive persons.
Vitamin B6 – also known as pyridoxine – plays a key role. It acts as a coenzyme in amino acid metabolism and promotes histamine degradation. An undersupply should be avoided, otherwise an excess of histamine is encouraged. Vitamin B6 occurs almost ubiquitously in animals and plants. Meat, fish, whole grain products, legumes, nuts and potatoes are considered to be rich in vitamin B6.
Plant extracts and Co
Plant antioxidants – such as bioflavonoids or polyphenols – provide additional value because they support the immune system and have anti-inflammatory properties. They can be found in various concentrations in almost all types of fruit and vegetables.
OPCs from grape seeds, hesperidin, rutin and quercetin are true all-rounders in the plant kingdom. The latter is known to stabilize mast cell membranes and reduce the release of histamine. They are mainly found in brightly coloured foods such as elderberries, sea buckthorn, rose hips and citrus fruits.
Sulphur compounds such as methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) also support antioxidative reactions. Not to forget the valuable ingredients of curcuma, which also have immunomodulatory properties.
And also the well-known black cumin oil has proven itself for a long time due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory mode of action for the prevention and alleviation of symptoms of allergic reactions.
The classic antihistamines are indispensable in emergency treatment and in severe allergic reactions and it is impossible to imagine life without them. Finally, the good news is that micronutrients can also make a significant contribution to better resisting a histamine surplus.
Conventional and Natural Treatment Options for Allergy Relief
The advent of spring means the arrival of higher pollen counts, and unfortunately for some, bad allergies. To enjoy the season with less discomfort, our pharmacists and wellness specialists offer a few conventional and natural options for relief.
Note: It’s important to talk to your doctor about the different medication options and ask your pharmacist about interactions and cautions when taking them. Always disclose other health conditions, such as high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, or cardiovascular disease, when discussing medication options.
Allergy Medication Classes
Allergy medications come in different classes: antihistamines, decongestants, corticosteroids, and mast cell stabilizers. Antihistamines and decongestants are available over-the-counter as are corticosteroid and mast cell stabilizer nasal sprays.
There are also some steroid nasal sprays that require a prescription. The most frequent allergy medications Coastal Pharmacy & Wellness counsels on are the over-the-counter antihistamines, steroid nasal sprays, and decongestants.
Additionally, there are some over-the-counter allergy medications that are a combination of the different classes, such as antihistamines and decongestants tablets.
Although any of the classes of allergy medications can be used alone, some people have symptoms that require the combination products based upon their symptoms. A pharmacist or doctor can help you determine which would be best for your individual symptoms.
Antihistamines, as the name implies, block histamine. Histamine is a chemical that is released by our body’s mast cells during an allergic reaction. It is what causes the symptoms you’re experiencing due to the immune system response it triggers (itching, runny nose, and swelling of nasal tissue).
Histamine is also found in some plants and insect venom which, ironically, produce a histamine reaction when contacting human tissue. Antihistamines work by blocking the chemicals that cause the symptoms in the first place. Antihistamines are all available over-the-counter.
Examples include Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Claritin (loratadine).
Decongestants work by reducing the swelling in your nasal tissues. This relieves the pressure and allows more room for air to flow. They come in a number of forms: pills, liquids, and nasal sprays and drops.
Common decongestants include Afrin, Dristan, Vicks Sinex (oxymetazoline), Sudafed PE and Suphedrin PE (phenylephrine), and Sudafed (pseudoephedrine).
They can have a number of side effects, dosing precautions and contraindications so discuss with a pharmacist or doctor if you have concerns.
Nasal corticosteroids work by reducing the allergic responses of several cell types including mast cells and eosinophils. These nasal sprays can be used 1-2 times a day and reduce the cellular activities associated with allergies.
On account of their unique mechanism of action it can take a couple days to experience the full benefits but using consistently can bring long-term allergy relief. Examples of medications in this class are Flonase® (fluticasone) and Nasacort®.
These are also available over-the-counter.
Mast Cell Stabilizers
As previously stated, histamine is released by mast cells. Whereas antihistamines block histamine itself, mast cell stabilizers block the release of histamine. They’re commonly used when antihistamines don’t work or aren’t well-tolerated. They come in nasal sprays and eye drops. Examples include Nasalcrom (cromolyn) nasal spray and Naphcon-A® (naphazoline).
Common Decongestant and Antihistamine Combinations
- Cetirizine and pseudoephedrine (Zyrtec-D)
- Desloratadine and pseudoephedrine (Clarinex-D)
- Fexofenadine and pseudoephedrine (Allegra-D)
- Loratadine and pseudoephedrine (Claritin-D)
These combination products are available as a 12-hour or 24-hour formula, minimizing or eliminating the need for multiple doses a day.
The Issue of Drowsiness
There are at least two over-the-counter allergy medications that have the potential of causing drowsiness; Benadryl and Chlor-Trimeton.
These are considered 1st generation antihistamines and are commonly used to treat allergic reactions involving poison ivy, poison oak, and other more severe allergic reactions.
If someone is looking to treat seasonal allergies the pharmacists at Coastal Pharmacy & Wellness usually recommend one of the three non-sedating (2nd generation) allergy medications that are on the market; Claritin, Allegra and Zyrtec (as well as their corresponding generics).
Homeopathic remedies are a good choice for combating allergy symptoms. They are all natural, without risk of pharmaceutical drug interactions. They’re also a great choice for kids and elderly individuals.
- Boiron offers a number of different tablets or eye drops to help diminish a combination of symptoms from watery eyes to sinus pain to sneezing. Options include histaminum, histaminum hydrochloricum, natrum muriaticum, Optique 1®, Sabadil®, galphimia glauca, and euphrasia officinalis.
- Homeopathic nasal sprays relieve congestion without the drowsy, foggy-head side effects of regular antihistamines and can be used without risk on an on-going basis.
- bioAllers offer natural, home liquid remedies specific to your allergy. The individual formulas help target allergy symptoms such as mold, yeast, grass pollen, tree pollen, and hayfever.
Quercetin is a flavonoid which can be found in many plant foods. It inhibits both the manufacture and release of histamine and other allergic/inflammatory compounds. Quercetin works in the same way as an antihistamine but can be used for a longer period of time without side effects. It also supports the system when combating symptoms from many different types of allergies and asthma.
Often used in combination with quercetin, bromelain is an anti-inflammatory enzyme found in pineapples. It can help reduce inflammation and swelling that accompany allergic reactions.
Two staff favorites are Emerald Labs Allergy Health and Integrative Therapeutics AllQlear.
Emerald Labs Allergy Health
Contains vitamin c, quercetin, nettle leaf powder, N-Acetyl Cysteine, Bromelain, and eyebright herb powder. Addresses multiple symptoms, boosts immunity, and lessens inflammation.
Integrative Therapeutics AllQlear
Contains a proprietary blend of quail egg and flavonoids such as quercetin. Quail egg contains ovomucoids which act as a tryptase inhibitor, supporting the healthy stabilization of mast cells.
Herbals are great when used as a tea which can be enjoyed throughout the day. Teas can be made with a single herb or a combination. For added protection, start drinking herbal teas as allergy season approaches.
Reduces congestion and relieves itchy eyes and sneezing.
Used as an antihistamine and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Reduces allergic reactions and has anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties.
Stinging nettle is another natural antihistamine. It can be used for both allergies and insect bites.
Essential oils are great for reducing inflammation and boosting the immune system. They can be inhaled through a diffuser, applied to the skin or taken internally. Various oils can be mixed to remedy multiple symptoms. Be sure to research the best application method for each oil and symptom.
Reduces the inflammatory response to allergens and supports the adrenal glands. Your adrenal glands supply many hormones that drive almost every body system.
Relieves congestion by opening up the lungs and sinuses and has anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. It can be added to your neti pot during sinus irrigation (see “Other Remedies” below), inhaled through a diffuser.
Supports lymphatic system draining, inhibits bacterial growth, detoxifies, and boosts the immune system. It also has disinfectant properties which can help keep your air clean and less prone to triggering reactions.
When inhaled, peppermint oil often unclogs sinuses immediately and soothes throats. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and expectorant effects.
Tea Tree Oil
Has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties that can destroy airborne pathogens that cause allergies. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
For those of you not familiar with them, neti pots are specially designed containers used to rinse mucus from your nasal cavity. A lukewarm salt water solution is used for irrigation which both clears the nasal cavity and increases the effectiveness of the cilia. Cilia are the hair- structures that move mucus and allergens the nasal and sinus cavities.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has an array of nutrients that help clear sinus cavities and treat allergy symptoms, including thinning mucus.
Try using apple cider vinegar and water in your neti pot instead of salt water (2 tablespoons vinegar to 1 cup warm water).
Vinegar has antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can help clean up the sinus cavity and prevent or treat an infection. Direct consumption of apple cider vinegar can also have therapeutic effects.
Local Raw Honey or Bee Pollen
Bees collect pollen from local plants – the same pollen that you’re reacting to. Eating local raw honey or bee pollen daily can help your body build up a tolerance to the allergens. The more local you can get, the better. Since you don’t come by harvested bee pollen often, Maine Medicinals makes a bee pollen supplement which we carry at Coastal.
Important Note On Natural Remedies
Be careful when choosing natural remedies as some may actually cause allergic reactions. It’s important to talk to a wellness professional who knows about the compounds used in the treatment. They can help you determine if you could have sensitivities.
When should you see a doctor?
A lot of people control their allergies on their own through over-the-counter medication, natural remedies, and reducing their exposure (closing windows during high pollen days, removing pollen from hair and clothes, etc).
It’s time to see a doctor when these measures no longer help, symptoms are interfering with your day-to-day comfort, or symptoms become severe. Be prepared to bring a list of all of your symptoms, what treatments you’ve used, and when your allergies flare. Also, share how allergies have negatively impacted your life.
Exercise limitations, lack of focus, and problems sleeping are all an important part of the picture.
10 All-Natural Antihistamines to Beat Winter Indoor Allergies
Winter indoor allergies sound fairly benign, but for those that suffer regularly, they can be debilitating making it difficult to do everyday tasks.
While there are a variety of methods to help manage seasonal allergy symptoms — such as flushing nasal passages with a neti pot, increasing humidity indoors with a humidifier, and cleansing your eyes with natural eye drops — one of the most efficient proven ways is to naturally block histamines.
What am I talking about?
A seasonal allergy is simply an “immune response to an otherwise harmless substance … [that] … comes into contact with cells in the mucus membranes of your nose, mouth, throat, lungs, stomach, and intestines.” This contact “triggers the release of histamine,” which is “part of the immune system that causes all of the symptoms” associated with seasonal allergies.
Alright, so what we want are antihistamines or histamine blockers. In short, antihistamines “block histamine activity, seeking to stop the allergic reaction.”
While there are countless pharmaceutical options available over-the-counter, these drugs also come with unpleasant side effects such as nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, and even headache.
This is where natural histamine blockers can really help you manage those winter indoor allergies! There are four very specific natural compounds that have been found highly effective at naturally blocking histamine including stinging nettle, quercetin, bromelain, and butterbur.
Here are a few all-natural and vegan-friendly options that you can pick up right off of Amazon!
1. Pure Mountain Botanicals Organic Stinging Nettle Leaf Capsules
Pure Mountain Botanicals Organic Stinging Nettle Leaf Capsules/Amazon.com
This Pure Mountain Botanicals Organic Stinging Nettle Leaf Capsules is an excellent way to get your daily dose of stinging nettle without the rigamarole of brewing.
These capsules are vegan-friendly, kosher certified, and made with 500 milligrams of certified organic stinging nettle and nothing else.
Plus, Pure Mountain Botanicals Organic Stinging Nettle Leaf capsules are free of gluten, harsh preservatives, fillers, flowing agents, sodium, benzoate, magnesium stearate, and GMOs. A 75-kosher vegan capsule bottle costs $15.99.
Sue says “I started taking Nettle about four months ago. The reason – thinning hair. So I decided to do some research and came across the benefits of Nettle.
I started taking it about four months ago, and I can testify that it really works! Really! I have loads of little hairs growing in all over my head and around my face – my hair is actually looking thicker and fuller. Even my husband has commented on it.
I’ve recommended it to my sister and to my daughter, both of whom are started to see the dreaded effects of thinning hair. I’m pretty happy with the results.”
2. Quercetin by MRM
Quercetin by MRM/Amazon.com
Quercetin is a “natural pigment present in many fruits, vegetables, and grains” and also happens to be “one of the most abundant antioxidants in the diet … [playing] an important role in helping your body combat free radical damage, which is linked to chronic disease.” It also’s been shown as an effective antihistamine! This Quercetin by MRM is a great vegan-friendly, easy to swallow capsule form of quercetin to support you during those high seasonal allergy months. A 60-vegan capsule bottle costs $14.69.
aikoward says “Great for Allergies and respiratory issues! Husband has not had an allergy attack in 5 years. He was a chronic sufferer before.”
3. Country Life Triple Strength Bromelain
Country Life Triple Strength Bromelain/Amazon.com
Bromelain “is an enzyme derived from pineapple stem which promotes reduced inflammation and swelling, especially of the nose and sinuses,” making this compound great for allergies.
This Country Life Triple Strength Bromelain is not only vegan certified but is also gluten-free certified, kosher pareve, and contains no preservatives, artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners.
Plus, these capsules are also non-GMO and free of yeast, corn, wheat, soy, milk, salt, or sugar. A 60-count bottle costs $14.99.
Baked says “this stuff is a lifesaver if you’ve got allergies-way better than than the big pharma stuff and zero side effects.”
4. Vitanica Butterbur Extra
Vitanica Butterbur Extra/Amazon.com
Butterbur is a “type of marsh plant that’s long been used for medicinal purposes … especially migraines.” Yet, this plant has also been found to be quite effective at reducing seasonal allergy symptoms.
This Vitanica Butterbur Extra not only helps with migraines and allergies but is also “provides supportive nutrients and botanicals for healthy brain chemistry and vasculature.
” These organic capsules are vegan and vegetarian-friendly and contain no GMOs. A 120-capsule bottle costs $41.65.
Joncee says “I too thought that I would have to live with migraine headaches and chronic sinusitis headaches on a daily basis for the rest of my life. I have suffered with chronic sinus issues for over 20 years. I have had two sinus surgeries within this timeframe. My doctors, ENT doctors, and Neurologist, has tried almost every medicine you can imagine for treatment. Nothing has helped.
Many of the meds I am allergic to. I had a severe headache and panic attack about 2 years ago, and ended up in the emergency room, resulting in the doctors determining that I was suffering with a severe migraine which lead to an anxiety attack.
WOW! My neurologist informed me that I probably was suffering with migraine headaches all along, and that the doctors were so focused on treating the sinus issues, they had missed the migraines. Still, no medicines were helping. The medicines only made me sick and kept in a fog…if you will. And I still had a headache everyday. I decided to ditch the meds and just suffer through the headaches.
The slightest change in weather, certain foods, and various lighting in different environments would intensify my headaches. My eyesight had really started to bother me and I deal alot with blurry vision. Long story short…a friend of mind who visits a holistic doctor introduce me to Butterbur Extra … and the rest is history. I started using it this month. This stuff really works.
The first couple of days, I was reluctant to become excited or to jump for joy, because I could not believe that I had experienced two days in a row without a headache. I can not believe how fast these capsules work and how there are no major side effects. I have introduced Butterbur to several of my family members, as well as some of my friends.
They too, have informed me that the Butterbur is really working for them as well. Thank you for selling this product on Amazon. I am placing a refill order tonight. Once again, THANK YOU!!! I love this product.”
5. Nature’s Way Nettle Leaf
Nature’s Way Nettle Leaf/Amazon.com
Another great stinging nettle capsule! This Nature’s Way Nettle Leaf supplement undergoes careful testing and meets superior quality, while also being non-GMO project verified, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly.
Independently tested by TRU-ID, Nature’s Way guarantees herbal authenticity. Plus, these capsules are also free of sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, soy, corn, dairy, and artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.
A 100-count bottle costs $8.23.
Healthy Chris says “This is my go-to for allergies. I get immunotherapy shots and take fexofenadine (Allegra) every night, but this seems to bring me to an even higher level.
When I have allergies, I suffer from fatigue and brain fog — it necessarily sneaking or watery eyes. This has really helped me through this entire 2018 allergy season.
I have also tried quercetin and bromelain and consider this superior.”
6. Micro Ingredients Maximum Strength Pure Quercetin Dihydrate Powder
Micro Ingredients Maximum Strength Pure Quercetin Dihydrate Powder/Amazon.com
Not a fan of the good ole supplements? How about trying a powder version such as this Micro Ingredients Maximum Strength Pure Quercetin Dihydrate Powder? Micro Ingredients guarantees a vegan-friendly, high concentration, powerful quercetin powder.
This product is free of GMOs, additives, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, soy, fillers, and is also gluten-free. Plus, it’s super easy to consume! Just add to your favorite smoothie or shake and you’re all set. A 100-gram bag costs $19.95.
Sheryl A. Cordivari says “I’ve been suffering from allergies that have worsened over the last seven months. I believe that stress-induced them. Either way, I’ve been breaking out with hives and have experienced lip swelling.
I did not want to take a prescription medication every day of my life, so I looked into natural alternatives and found Quercetin. I am only 3 days in, and have been hive free so far! It’s truly a blessing to have found this product. I also take the sodium ascorbate version of vitamin c.
Please look into quercetin!!!! It works so well!! A+++++.”
7. Revly Bromelain
By choosing Revly, you’ll get a high-quality product that doesn’t sacrifice an affordable price. This Revly Bromelain is gluten-free, vegan-friendly and is also a great source of calcium. One bottle lasts up to two months! A 60-tablet bottle costs $9.99.
Rk Star says “I have had sinus issues for a really long time. I’ve been using this for a few days now and have found a reduction in my sinus congestion and find my sense of smell returning. Bromelain is derived from the pineapple plant and is said to help a variety of issues. So far, I’m finding results with my overall sinus inflammation as well as my joints. I will continue to take this.”
8. Solaray Butterbur Extract
Solaray Butterbur Extract/Amazon.com
This Solaray Butterbur Extract “contains active components called petasins that promote proper circulation, particularly to the brain.” This supplement promises to support neurological activity, maintain proper functioning of the smooth muscle tissue, plus butterbur has been shown to help decrease allergy symptoms. This vegan-friendly, 60-count bottle costs $16.09.
Danni1226 says “This was referred to me by a member of my family and from her neurologist for severe migraines. I was having debilitating migraines for weeks at a time.
Have been taking this for three weeks and the transformation is incredible! Not only have I only had one MINOR manageable migraine, but when a headache onsets, I can either take Motrin or it goes away on its own. HIGHLY recommend.”
9. Traditional Medicinals Organic Nettle Herbal Leaf Tea
Traditional Medicinals Organic Nettle Herbal Leaf Tea/Amazon.com
If powders simply aren’t your thing and you can’t stand supplements, take a spin with some tea? This Traditional Medicinals Organic Nettle Herbal Leaf Tea takes all the work extracting those vital compounds from raw stinging nettle.
Not only does this tea help block those histamines, but it also supports joint health and overall wellness. This tea is non-GMO verified, certified organic and kosher, and caffeine-free! It’s described as earthy, fresh, and grassy.
A pack of 6 costs $23.52.
Christie O says “This product was first purchased and sent to my brother in CA who has about 50% of kidneys function with high bilirubin and creatinine that was very high propping his DR to recommend dialysis but a miracle happened when he decided to drink this TEA and his last LAB result came down from 17 to 3.7 and the DIALYSIS was canceled. PRAISE the LORD.”
10. Doctor’s Best Quercetin Bromelain
Doctor’s Best Quercetin Bromelain/Amazon.com
Looking to really get the best bang for your buck? This Doctor’s Best Quercetin Bromelain contains both quercetin and bromelain, helping to “ensure appropriate immune response” while also promoting “circulatory health in part by supporting the integrity of small blood vessels.” This product is free of GMOs and gluten and is vegan-friendly! A 180-vegan/veggie capsule bottle costs $20.07.
yogagirl says “This is great for allergy relief! After years of allergies, no more suffering. It does not work overnight. It took about six months before I noticed the difference.”
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An Orange a Day Helps Keep Allergies Away
Yay! Spring is right around the corner! Unfortunately, the joys of this season are often paired with our need to grab one of those mouth-drying, nausea-causing, drowsiness-producing antihistamine medications. To reduce your need for one of these pills, consider eating an orange. This fruit contains two nutrients that are extremely helpful in reducing allergy symptoms: vitamin C and bioflavonoids.
Vitamin C is an amazing nutrient. It was originally lauded as the “anti-scurvy vitamin” since it helps produce collagen, a fiber essential to connective tissues in our body such as cartilage, dentin, skin and bones.
This nutrient also aids in the absorption of iron, helps synthesize hormones, acts as a potent antioxidant and immune booster.
It degrades cholesterol, increases our ability to metabolize drugs and detoxify and, at the right dosage, has antihistamine effects.
Research shows that consuming 2000mg per day of vitamin C reduces histamine levels within the blood, strengthens the walls of cells that contain histamine (mast cells and basophils) so that they do not break open as easily, and increases epinephrine (adrenaline), a potent antidote for allergic reactions (think about how we use an Epi-Pen when someone suffers from a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis).
The amount of vitamin C in the fleshy portion of a medium-sized orange is approximately 50 to 70 mg.
By including the white mesh- part on the inside of the rind and the pith, you can double the amount of vitamin C you’re consuming and get some extra cholesterol-reducing, water-soluble fiber called pectin.
Now before you start thinking you have to eat between 15-20 oranges every day to obtain the antihistamine benefits of vitamin C, let’s talk about the bioflavonoids found within this citrus fruit.
In Latin flavus means “yellow” and is used in many words to denote an object’s yellow coloring. For instance, vitamin B2 is called riboflavin and is the reason why your urine turns bright yellow when you take your multivitamin.
Flavonoids (bioflavonoids), originally called vitamin P, are nutrients responsible for the pigmentation of some foods. They are strong antioxidants often found in many of the same foods that contain vitamin C. Aside from making our dishes more vibrant, research shows us that these colorful nutrients enhance the transport of vitamin C into our cells.
The bioflavonoids found in an orange include hesperidin, quercetin, rutin, and tangeretin. These nutrients contain anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties.
One of the ways bioflavonoids help reduce allergies is by strengthening our capillaries. Stronger capillaries are important when mast cells or basophils are releasing their histamine related compounds into the bloodstream. With tonified capillaries, the histamine will find it more difficult to leach out into tissues to induce an “allergic” response.
Other antihistamine foods:
Aside from oranges and other citrus fruits, there are many foods you can eat prior to allergy season to boost the antihistamine factors within your body. Foods high in both vitamin C and bioflavonoids include, but are not limited to: dark red, purple and blue berries, dark colored grapes, peaches, nectarines, red and green bell peppers, broccoli, onions and green tea.
Supplements for vitamin C and bioflavonoids:
If you have an allergy or sensitivity to oranges, consider taking a supplement, Natural D-Hist or D-Hist Jr., to obtain the antihistamine benefits of vitamin C and bioflavonoids. Before doing so, always make sure to talk with your physician first.
High doses of vitamin C can lead to osmotic (watery) diarrhea, and/or alter the metabolism of any medications you are currently taking.
Your doctor may also want you to gradually increase your dosage and take a very specific form of vitamin C referred to as “buffered vitamin C” which helps maintain healthy blood pH levels.