Top 5 All Natural Allergy Fighters
Allergy season is in full swing, especially for those whose allergies are triggered by tree pollen or summer grasses such as Timothy, Johnson or Rye. But having allergies doesn’t mean we need choose between OTC meds or falling victim to the face-swelling, mood-ruining impact of seasonal shifts every year. There are ways to combat seasonal allergies naturally, making it possible to avoid OTC medications altogether, once the natural ingredients kick in.
The mistake so many of us make is waiting until allergy season is upon us, when our last resort for instant relief is an over-the-counter medication that contains dangerous ingredients and likely only provides temporary relief, at best. And if you, like me, are guilty of having done this, fear not. There are solutions for you to consider, even this late in the game.
A Proactive Regimen to Fight Allergies — It’s Never Too Late!
As with most natural remedies, these ingredients can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks to build up in your system, so it’s recommended you start your allergy prevention regimen as early as possible so that the ingredients have sufficient time to build up your anti-inflammatory defenses.
Those who have taken these proactive steps towards combating seasonal allergies (myself included) report incredible results, and can often skip OTC allergy medications altogether once the natural, anti-inflammatory properties of these herbs and nutrients take affect — and in many cases, it perfectly fine to continue use of your OTC of choice until then.
Here are five all natural allergy remedies to consider.
1. Quercetin: While over-the-counter allergy meds work to block the effects of histamine once it is released, this powerful antioxidant blocks the release of histamine altogether, significantly reducing allergy symptoms. Additionally, quercetin has excellent anti-inflammatory properties. Typically, one should take quercetin consistently for 2 weeks before they feel the benefits. (Bonus: Quercetin stands to improve your endurance as well!)
If you want to further increase the effects of quercetin, find a product that combines it with bromelain, a unique extract from pineapple. It is not totally understood how they work together, but it is likely due to the strong anti-inflammatory effects possessed by bromelain.
2. Local Bee Pollen: Visit your local health food store and stock up on this allergy fighter. You can take it by the spoonful or add it to foods. Since it’s local, it will slowly introduce the pollen to your body and essentially desensitize you from the inside out. After a week or two, allergy symptoms should subside.
3. Pine Bark: One of the most studied pine bark extracts is the patented formula, Pycnogenol. Pycnogenol has powerful antioxidant properties and studies using Pycnogenol for allergy prevention have indicated that it can significantly reduce symptoms.
4. Stinging Nettle Extract: Naturopathic doctor and Live in the Now contributor, Dr. Kevin Passero, says that stinging nettle extract is “one most effective substances in the natural pharmacy for relieving allergy symptoms.” It’s best to start supplementation as early as possible for best results.
5. Butterbur: Butterbur has demonstrated some impressive results in many clinical trials and is reported to be as effective as leading OTC treatments at relieving the four biggest allergy symptoms: runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing and nasal congestion.
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