There are over 40 million Americans that suffer from seasonal allergies, and whats worse is that most of the medications that help alleviate these symptoms have harmful side effects. Fortunately, there are some answers hiding in nature that are much safer than drugs, and have little to no side effects.
Quercetin is a plant pigment that can inhibit cells that produce histamine. Its naturally occurring, and can be found in various foods like citrus fruits and onions. Dont plan on getting enough of it through your diet though, the amounts found in foods can be minimal. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, take up to 600mg of a quercetin supplement either preventatively or once your symptoms start. It has minimal side effects like headache or upset stomach in some cases.
Stinging nettle is a flowering plant that reduces histamine production when ingested. The average dose is between 500mg to 1000mg depending on the severity of the symptoms. Consult your doctor or allergist first, as some people can be allergic to stinging nettle. Rare cases can cause upset stomachs.
The same omega 3 fatty acids that can reduce inflammation that leads to heart disease also helps with allergies. When buying fish oil, be sure to read the label carefully. Make sure youre getting mercury free fish oil that is either purified or pharmaceutical grade. This will ensure that what youre buying is potent enough to have positive effects and has had any and all potential toxins removed. Typical dose is 2000mg a day.