~ Help for Seasonal Allergy Sufferers
If you suffer from hay fever nobody needs to tell you when Spring arrives. As many as 25% of Americans suffer from hayfever each Spring.
Hayfever or seasonal allergic rhinitis is an excessive-histamine producing immune response to the wind-born pollen being produced by blossoming trees and grasses. In reality hayfever is only one of a broad variety of allergies people may experience, all of which share a common mechanism. In other words, while it is a mystery why one person begins to sniffle or wheeze when the cottonwoods bloom and another does so when the cat jumps into their lap, it is the same immune system overreaction that causes both.
When an allergy sufferer comes in contact with the allergen to which they have a sensitivity, be it cottonwood or cat, the immune system attacks it with an antibody known as IgE (immunoglobulin E). IgE binds itself to the allergen (also known as the antigen) and then binds with certain types of white blood cells (mast cells and basophils). These cells react by releasing histamine, a protein that causes the swelling and inflammation that is the body's first line of defense against any invading microorganism.
In the case of hayfever, however, the invader is actually harmless and it is the immune system reaction itself that is the problem, the source of the irritating symptoms we know as hayfever.
Traditionally, medical treatment of hayfever has relied on antihistamine drugs. These drugs provide symptom relief by blocking the action of histamine.
Histamine, however, also functions in the brain to maintain alertness, so drowsiness is a common and disconcerting side effect of antihistamine drugs. More recently, non-sedating hayfever medication has come into common use and is now even available over the counter. However, these drugs have possible serious side effects such as nausea, vomiting, indigestion, weight gain, headache, fatigue, nervousness, and heart attack.
A natural, preventive approach seeks to provide relief to sufferers of hayfever and other allergies without the drowsiness of traditional antihistamines or the serious potential side effects of the non-sedating drugs. Here are some herbal, dietary supplement strategies that may be effective, either individually or in combination, to control hayfever symptoms without side effects.
Featured for Allergy Sufferers
Rosmarinic Acid Extract - Allergy Formula - With ingredients that both act as antihistamines and restrict the activation and proliferation of allergy-related responder cells, Rosmarinic Acid Extract stops allergy miseries at their source.
Respir-All - Formerly known as Allergy Support, this well-balanced blend of vitamins, minerals and herbs provides seasonal allergy sufferers with a natural source of nutrients known especially for their ability to normalize our body's histamine response, to moderate our immune system's inflammatory response and to support our body's healthy overall immune function.
Sinu-Health - Hands down the best dry formula for chronic nasal congestion. Easy caplets to swallow and alcohol free. Formulated by renowned European herbalist, Christopher Hobbs.
Supplements That Combat or Prevent Allergy Symptoms
The bioflavonoids, quercitron, pycnogenol, and grapeseed have anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy, or anti-histamine properties.
Quercetin is thought to stabilize cell membranes making them less reactive to allergens. Quercetin may help prevent the release of histamine and inhibit formation of inflammatory compounds thus possibly providing benefit in the symptomatic relief of allergies. We offer two options:
Activated Quercetin - Contains co-factors Vitamin C, Magnesium and Bromelain. Quercetin is a highly effective allergy therapy. A unique bioflavanoid derived from the cell wall of algae and other plants, it has been shown to dramatically inhibit histamine release. Magnesium ascorbate and Bromelain activate the greater absorption of the Quercetin.
Pure Quercetin - Quercetin (from Quercetin Dihydrate - 500mg)
Pycnogenol may help control hay fever symptoms and act as an anti-inflammatory and antihistamine. It alleviates allergies by stabilizing the cell membranes of mast cells, causing them to be less reactive to antigens and decreasing the ease with which they release their stored histamine.
Grapeseed has been reported to inhibit the release of inflammatory promoting compounds such as histamine. Grape seed extract contains oligomeric proanthocyanidins, which are related to the pycnogenol found in Maritime pine bark extract. Grape seed extract also works as an antihistamine, anti-inflammatory agent. Grape seed extract is also an antioxidant and will help to strengthen blood vessels.
Vitamin C's possible anti-allergy potential is due to this vitamin's powerful antioxidant capabilities as well as its effects on immunity. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C may help protect the airways against the effects of allergens and irritants in some people. Vitamin C, through its various roles in immune function, may have antihistamine properties.
Polyphenols - Catechin (as in Green Tea) minimizes the release of histamine during allergies.
Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins (OPCs) alleviate and prevent allergies by inhibiting the Inflammation that occurs in allergies.
Rutin counteracts allergies by inhibiting the release of Histamine from mast cells.
Coenzyme Q10 alleviates allergies and persons afflicted with severe allergies almost always exhibit lower-than-normal blood levels of Coenzyme Q10.
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) (3,000 - 6,000mg per day) helps to prevent and treat allergies.
Ginkgolide-B can prevent allergies by inhibiting platelet aggregating factor (PAF) which stimulateseosinophils to release lethal hydrogen peroxidase which destroys antigens.
Vitamin B6 alleviates allergies by functioning as a cofactor histaminase, the enzyme that degrades excessive histamine.
Horse Chestnut Extract - strengthens the immune system and may inhibit excessive histamine production. Horse Chestnut Extract provides a combination of highly concentrated bioflavonoids that can provide significant control of histamine release.
Nettle - a naturally occurring antihistamine that may be helpful in relieving symptoms during acute hayfever episodes.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids - Omega 3 fatty acids come from oily fish, flax oil, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds. Omega 3 oils have been shown to reduce cardiovascular disease risk and Omega 3 fatty acids are powerful anti-inflammatory agents, and may help to reduce inflammation of the air passages.
Magnesium - Magnesium is an essential mineral that is needed for many processes in the human body. While magnesium is known primarily for healthy muscle and nerve function, supplementing the diet with magnesium has been shown to help reduce the symptoms of asthma.
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