Top 5 All Natural Allergy Fighters
Allergy season is almost in full swing but you still have time to arm yourself with all natural remedies instead of reaching for over-the-counter drugs with unwanted side effects. Here are five all natural allergy remedies to consider.
Quercetin: This powerful antioxidant blocks the release of histamine, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Article updated on: March 23rd, 2012