While this time of year usually brings cheerful weather and the growth of beautiful plants, millions of people will be gearing up once again to do battle with a problem that recurs every year. Itchy eyes, repetitive sneezing, a permanently runny nose – the symptoms of seasonal allergies.
People with allergies may find relief by using natural plant extracts and foods that act as antihistamines. Antihistamines are substances that block histamine activity in the body. Histamine is a protein that triggers allergy symptoms. It is also important that we avoid inflammatory foods such as dairy because they increases our risk of acquiring an allergies. Alcohol too, in general can add undue stress to your body if it’s already dealing with allergens floating in the air.
Here, we describe the 5 best natural antihistamines, and we take a look at the science behind them.
Vitamin C boosts the immune system. According to a 2018 study on vitamin C in the treatment of allergies, oxidative stress plays a key role in allergic diseases. As vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, it may act as a treatment for allergies.
Butterbur is a plant extract from a shrub that grows in Asia, Europe, and some parts of North America. People often use butterbur to treat migraines and hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis.
Bromelain is an enzyme found in the core and juice of pineapples and is also available as a supplement. Bromelain is a popular natural remedy for swelling or inflammation, especially of the sinuses and following injury or surgery.
Probiotics are microorganisms that might offer health benefits by helping the body maintain a healthful balance of gut bacteria. Probiotics may boost a person’s immune system, which can help the body fight off allergies.
Quercetin is an antioxidant flavonoid found in many plants and foods. Research suggests that adding quercetin to the diet may help to relieve allergy symptoms. Quercetin is naturally present in many foods and herbs, including: apples,berries, black tea, broccoli, buckwheat tea, grapes, Ginkgo biloba, green tea, peppers, red onions.