Allergies

Allergies*

An allergy is an overreaction of the immune system to a normally innocuous substance that enters the body. Sneezing, a runny nose, and itchy eyes are symptoms characteristic of allergic rhinitis. The specific irritants, or allergens, that trigger rhinitis vary from person to person. Seasonal allergies are generally caused by airborne pollens and outdoor mold spores that proliferate in warm weather, from spring to fall.

Helpful Supplements

  • Quercetin (a flavonoid supplement) helps prevent the body’s release of histamines and doesn’t have side effects. It’s more effective combined with the enzyme bromelain, which helps soothe irritated mucous membranes.
  • Vitamin C and Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid). Take with either quercetin or conventional antihistamines. Vitamin C boosts the immune system, has anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties. Pantothenic acid may relieve nasal congestion.
  • Parsley inhibits the secretion of histamine.
  • Anise, Ginger, Peppermint are natural herbal antihistamines.
  • Ginger and Peppermint are natural decongestants. Teas made from these herbs, singly or in combination, can help relieve allergy symptoms.
  • Gingko Biloba contains several chemicals that interfere with platelet activating factor (PAF), which plays a key role in triggering allergies.
  • Nettle (stinging nettle) works well with Quercetin to stop sneezing and itching and reduce the swelling of nasal passages.

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