Improve Your Body’s Response to Allergens Without Drugs.
We’ve learned what an allergy attack does inside the body, and know that allergens weaken mast cells, and if those mast cells end up bursting we feel allergy symptoms. So what we need to do is strengthen the immune system and pay special attention to beefing up the muscles on our mast cells.
Here are two simple suggestions for improving your odds for success in your drug-free battle against allergies.
- If you’re not already using a quality probiotic, start immediately. We have been recommendingFlorajen 3 for many years.
- A plant-derived flavonoid called Quercetin has shown potential to help strengthen mast cells. We have located an excellent product, by Orthomolecular, that can help prevent allergic responses because it helps support the mast cells by making them less likely to rupture and spill their contents. It is called Natural D-Hist.
Natural D-Hist contains;
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Over fifty million Americans suffer from inhalant allergies and as many as thirty five million Americans from hay fever. If you are one of the unfortunate suffers you could benefit from an all natural anti-histamine formula like Natural D-Hist. Otherwise, prepare to be miserable and buy stock in Kleenex, because you’ll need it!
I don’t hesitate to recommend these products to people with allergies. It is important to use the products in a specific manner. There is a period for a “loading dose”, usually 7 to 10 days, followed by a “maintenance dose”, daily. Natural D-Hist products are safe and there are no side effects.
Read about the basics of allergies here.