As we progress through spring, allergy season is coming into a full roll out. The itchiness, the runny noses, the swelling, the rashes, the headaches, the eye pain, etc.. The list goes on and on. To function throughout the day people reach for prescribed or over counter medications. Drugs like Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, Clarinex, Xyzal, etc.. Theses drugs are effective. But come with a host of side effects. They also do little to address the underlying issue leading to long-term dependency. Most of these medications fall under the anti-histamines category. Fortunately, there are natural anti-histamines that are as or more effective at managing allergies while providing long term benefits.
Let’s go over the natural alternatives and the only product we have found to contain all these compounds in effective amounts in one pill.
Six Effective and Natural Anti-Histamines:
We came across a great pharmacist by the name of Larry Frieders. He believes we rely too heavily on pharmaceuticals drugs these days and should revisit the natural alternatives that have been studied to be effective. He wrote an interesting article referencing the following five natural anti-histamines:
1-Quercetin. Quercetin’s effect on allergies is unmatched by other natural substances. Quercetin inhibits the release of histamine from mast cells, thereby preventing the allergic response and the secondary effects of congestion and asthmatic symptoms. Quercetin also inhibits leukotrienes which cause airway constriction. In addition, quercetin is a powerful antioxidant that mops up free radicals generated by an allergic reaction. Unfortunately, the absorption of quercetin is poor. Luckily, this can be altered with the concomitant administration of bromelain.
2-Stinging Nettles Leaf. In 1990 a double-blind, placebo-controlled study was done to assess the use of stinging nettle leaf for allergic rhinitis (hayfever like symptoms). After one week those taking stinging nettles noticed a much greater improvement in symptoms than those who were given the placebo. Recent research may explain the mechanism of action for stinging nettles due to its ability to block the formation of inflammatory chemicals (lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenase).
3-Bromelain. Bromelain, derived from the stem of the pineapple plant, can enhance the absorption of quercetin. An added benefit included with bromelain is its ability to block inflammatory pathways fibrin and kinin. These compounds are responsible for tissue swelling, nasal congestion and sinus pain. Bromelain has also been shown to decrease the viscosity of mucus in the lungs.
4-N-Acetyl L-Cysteine (NAC). Another antioxidant that gets high ranking for its ability to relieve allergies is n-acetyl-cysteine (NAC). NAC may be one of the best expectorant/mucolytic agents. As a disulfide reducing agent NAC can decrease the viscosity of mucus providing a mucoregulating action. NAC has been used quite frequently in an assortment of lung conditions including COPD, bronchitis and asthma. NAC is also gaining interest as an antioxidant that acts by itself and as a “recharger” of the body’s own glutathione stores.
5- Vitamin C is a well-studied therapy for allergies, as well as asthma. In fact, if taken when symptoms first arise, buffered vitamin C can stop an asthma attack or allergic reaction in its tracks. High-dose vitamin C can also reduce blood histamine levels dramatically when taken daily. Vitamin C itself is considered a natural antihistamine by preventing the secretion of histamine and clearing existing histamine from the bloodstream.
To read the rest of what Larry Frieders has to say on allergies go to thecompounder.com.
And now for number six.
6- Eye Bright Herb. Eyebright ( Euphrasia officinalis ): The aerial parts (any part of the plant above ground) of this tiny plant are both astringent and anti-inflammatory, and decrease the hypersensitive response of the mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, throat, and ears. In other words, this herb is the perfect remedy for hay fever sufferers… While it grows wild in some eastern and northeastern states, including Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York, you can purchase preparations of eye-bright in most herb or health food stores. (*Source: motherearthnews.com)
It is difficult to find all six of these natural compounds, in effective doses, in one product. Fortunately, we did find one product that has served us well in addressing seasonal allergies. Symptoms like rashes, hay fever, eye swelling, eye itching, watery eyes, itchy skin, etc… have all but disappeared. Over time, the use of the product has also lessened our reactions when we are not taking it.
The Most Effective Natural Anti-Histamines Product We Have Found:
We highly recommend a product called Allergy Health by Emerald Labs.
*Click on the link above and see the customer reviews. It works extremely well.