From itchy eyes to sinus congestion, seasonal allergy symptoms can be difficult to tolerate. The normal response is to purchase over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamines for quick relief, but many are unaware that there are a handful of natural antihistamines that can provide that same relief.
Whether you are seeking natural alternatives to OTC antihistamines or you would like to try a combination approach to treat your seasonal allergy symptoms, these 5 natural antihistamines should give you the relief you need.
1. Vitamin C
Antihistamines block the effects of histamines which are released when your body detects something foreign and harmful. These cause inflammation and even tell our stomachs to make stomach acid. Vitamin C is a well-known anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, and it acts as a natural antihistamine. You can find Vitamin C in citrus foods, bell peppers, broccoli, and strawberries, or you can purchase daily Vitamin C supplements.
Butterbur—or petasites hybridus—is a flowering plant native to Europe and northern Asia. Butterbur is often used to treat migraines, seasonal allergies, an upset stomach, and ongoing coughing. The herbal supplement can be taken as an oil extract or in pill form.
Bromelain is an enzyme derived from the stem and fruit of a pineapple. This enzyme treats respiratory distress and inflammation associated with seasonal allergies. You can simply eat pineapple or take a bromelain supplement. Bromelain supplements are often paired with quercetin (below).
Many researchers believe people develop allergies because of a lack of exposure to good bacteria. Probiotics help balance the good bacteria in your body and boost your immune response to common allergens. Lactobacillus GG, L. gasseri, L. acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis to be two of the best probiotics for allergies.
Quercetin is a plant flavonoid found in many plants and foods, including berries, green tea, red onions, and red wine. It is an antioxidant has demonstrated antihistamine effects. Though it can be found in many foods, taking quercetin in supplement form will work better in treating seasonal allergy symptoms.
Check out our other article, 7 Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies, for even more natural treatment methods.
If you are in the south Denver Metro Area, Arapahoe Chiropractic in Centennial is here to help you with the most natural ways to treat your body. We offer natural homeopathic supplements, acupuncture, and even chiropractic care to treat seasonal allergies. Contact us today to learn more!
BY: Dr. Friedman
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