Best Nutrients to Fight Spring Allergies Naturally

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Best Nutrients to Fight Spring Allergies Naturally
Although spring rains bring May flowers, congestion and allergy symptoms often accompany this time of year. If you are a regular seasonal allergy sufferer, then the headaches, mental fogginess, low energy and stuffy, sneezy nose are probably all too familiar to you.

Unfortunately, conventional solutions to allergies have side effects like headaches, drowsiness, dry mouth, mood swings, blurred vision, sleep disturbances, and even seizures in rare cases! If nice spring weather beckons you outdoors, keep these natural allergy solutions close by.

Quercetin – For two decades, quercetin has claimed nutritional fame as the most potent natural anti-histamine available. Quercetin is able to improve a wide variety of allergy symptoms by modulating inflammatory signals and stabilizing mast cells (the immune cells that cause allergies). Quercetin is a potent anti-inflammatory antioxidant with a high affinity for the sinus area, making it especially helpful for sinus symptoms like congestion, sneezing, and a runny nose. Quercetin is also known as an immune-system modulator. It has a stabilizing effect on the immune system, helping various types of immune cells maintain their composure under stress. This helps provide tolerance for irritants such as pollen.

Silymarin – A new human study showed that this popular herb for liver support also improved chronic rhinitis. Silymarin is not an antihistamine like quercetin. Instead, it works by helping the liver to cope with allergens. Once allergens enter your bloodstream, your liver takes the first attempt at clearing them out. If the liver becomes overloaded by allergens, then you will experience an immune response that manifests itself mostly in your airways. Silymarin reduces allergy symptoms by helping the liver cope with the allergens before they can trigger an immune response.

Chlorella – Chlorella is also building a name for itself as a natural anti-histamine. Several studies show that chlorella helps restore immune system efficiency, offsetting the type of immune imbalance that occurs in individuals with allergy problems. In these studies, chlorella prevented the release of histamine in allergen-provoked cells and protected cells from attack. Those with stubborn allergies will want to try high doses of chlorella (2,000 – 4,000 mg) to help them through problematic times.

Oregano Oil – Oftentimes spring allergies are caused or worsened by mold spores in the air from wet fall leaves. Mold spores enter the air and travel on water molecules directly into your sinuses, causing stuffiness. This may be worse for individuals who deal with Candida albicans (yeast) overgrowth in the digestive tract. Oregano oil provides natural support for the sinuses and respiratory system. It is helpful to take with quercetin for spring allergy support.

Antioxidants – A key aspect of overcoming allergy symptoms is calming down mast cell (an immune cell) inflammation. Vitamin C, vitamin D and tocotrienol vitamin E act as potent mast cell stabilizers that will help to combat the symptoms associated with allergies. All of these antioxidants lend support to the immune system and quench inflammation provoked by an allergic reaction. Healthy adrenal function plays an important role in mediating the inflammatory reactions that produce allergy symptoms. If the adrenals become fatigued it can lead to the sluggish, rundown feeling associated with seasonal allergies. Vitamin C is nourishing and supportive to the adrenal glands.

Multivitamin – It was found that children taking multiple vitamins suffer less allergies. Programming of the immune system during pregnancy and the first few years of life is now known to have a significant impact on future health. Nutrition is a tool that the immune and nervous systems use to support healthy function and development. It is not surprising that taking a multivitamin during younger years was found to lead to 39 percent less allergy by age eight.

If spring allergies have you inside on a nice spring day, then consider these nutrients as a natural solution for the sneezing, sniffling, congestion, and sluggishness.

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