Spring is in the air, which means it's time for flowers, gardening, outdoor activities…and allergies. Find out what natural solutions God has provided for us to deal with this common problem.
An estimated 50 million people in the United States, approximately 20 percent of the population, suffer from allergies – a figure that has doubled in the last decade. Allergic rhinitis, which refers to an inflammation in the lining of the nose, is the most common allergic reaction.
In addition, the majority of sinus problems are not an infection but are actually caused by allergic reactions. It is also important to note, especially with asthma rates on the rise, that many asthma symptoms are also caused by allergies. Airway constriction is often a reaction to an allergen, such as dust, mites, pollen, etc.
The root cause of allergies is an over-reactive immune system. God designed our immune systems to recognize things that are harmful to the body and literally flush them out. If your immune system is over-reactive the body misinterprets things that are harmless, such as common pollen or dust, as being harmful and overreacts by releasing high amounts of histamine. Histamine causes the vessels to dilate and leak, causing a runny nose and watery eyes; the term anti-histamine refers to the blocking of histamine release.
Traditional medicine has typically treated allergic symptoms with antihistamines, such as Benadryl, which causes drowsiness, and Claritin, which is expensive; and decongestants, such as Sudafed, which can be very stimulating and elevate blood pressure.
But, there are natural antihistamines found in nature that you can take to help deal with allergies. It is only within the past few years that study results have been released on the natural treatments for the symptoms associated with allergic reactions.
• Quercetin tops the list of natural antihistamines. It is an important member of a large group of plant compounds called flavonoids. Flavonoids have potent antioxidant properties, with the same essential benefits of Claritin, Benadryl, and Sudafed, but without the side effects
Quercetin is abundant in fruits and vegetables, particularly apples and onions, and in smaller amounts in purple grape juice and some leafy greens. However, you would need to eat a whole bushel of apples to get the concentrated benefit found in a supplement! As we study the therapeutic uses of quercetin, we quickly realize why God spread it so widely throughout the plant kingdom. Studies show it inhibits the release of histamines, acting as a mild antihistamine to stop the runny nose and watery eyes that occur with allergic and hay fever symptoms. Some studies have shown that it benefits asthmatic suffers if the asthma is triggered by allergies.
• Quercitin is very effective when combined with another natural plant extract, Tinospora, which comes from the stem of a plant native to India. A study conducted on tinospora reported that 61-83% of the patients reported 100% improvement in their symptoms of nasal discharge, obstruction, and itching.
• Nettle leaf has long been used in healing, and a recent study indicated that nettle can alleviate the symptoms of allergic rhinitis and hayfever.
• Perilla seed extract has also been shown to inhibit the inflammatory response and reduce the allergic response in studies.
• A chemical found in green tea, epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, inhibits IgE receptor release. By inhibiting this receptor, which is part of the immune system, allergy symptoms can be relieved. Green tea is also of benefit to asthmatics because activation of this same receptor can trigger an asthmatic attack.
• Polyphenols, found in grapes, have been shown to be potent histamine inhibitors and bronchial tree dilators
• Vitamin C has an antihistamine effect that has been shown to decrease bronchitis when taken in combination with quercitin, tinospora, and polyphenols. In addition to well-known citrus fruit, there are some extremely concentrated forms of vitamin C that aren't commonly available in our diet. Acerola cherry has up to 25 times more vitamin C than oranges, and camu-camu, from a shrub found in the Amazon, contains more vitamin C than any other plant in the world.
Histamet combines all of these – plus additional – nutrients into a powerful natural anti-allergy formula that addresses all of your allergy symptoms, without side effects. So as you get ready to enjoy the many splendors of spring, be sure you are prepared with Histamet.