Are Natural Antihistamines Effective?

The pollen count this year has been astronomically high, causing allergic flare-ups from coast-to-coast. Dust and pollen are being breathed in abundance, antigonizing and triggering the human body’s defensive production of histamine. Histamine is a naturally produced chemical that attacks and destroys invading substances that it perceives to be bacteria or allergens, like dust and pollen.

And though the production of histamine is there to protect you, the body can over-produce it. Too much histamine causes some inflammation in the nasal and sinus cavities, leading to allergic reactions like sneezing, runny noses, congestion and itchy eyes, sending people running to drug stores for relief. They want an effective histamine blocker to stop their allergy symptoms. They want an antihistimine.

Shouldn’t you be using natural antihistamines?

As you know, there are literally dozens of antihistamines on the market, all proclaiming that theirs is the best product out there. Two market leaders, Claritin and Benadryl, make millions on their respective antihistamine products, and they certainly work to an extent. But there are many side effects to these manmade products that you should be aware of.

For instance, the main active ingredient in Claritin is loratadine, and as shown in studies, it can be linked to jaundice, seizures, heart palpitations, drowsiness, headache, blurred vision and headache. The main active ingredient in Benadryl is diphenhydramine hydrochloride and the list of side effects is just as long, and just as daunting. Obviously, these antihistamines work for the majority of users, because they are successful commercial brands. But what if you are one of the people who has a negative reaction to loratadine or diphenhydramine hydrochloride?

Time to consider using natural antihistamines

If taking manmade medications with long, unpronounceable names is not your thing, consider a more natural and healthy approach to taming your allergies. Many natural foods contain natural antihistimines, and are plentiful. True, that natural antihistamines take longer to build up in your system, and longer to be effective, but they can safely reduce the frequency and the severity of allergy attacks by blocking histamines and strengthening your immune system.

Vitamin C is not only a well-known antioxidant, but is known to boost your immune system and is believed to reduce the body’s susceptability to allergens. Flavonoids work as natural antihistimines and are found in citrus, leafy veggies, apples and fruits. What if you could take a vitamin C supplement with flavonoids? Think that would help you fight allergies?

Absolutely. Because that’s the combo that cured my ‘springtime-allergic-to-everything’ mode fifteen years ago. Year after year, I’d go through a couple boxes of Alka-Seltzer Plus every spring, just to stop sneezing for a few hours. Then, totally by accident, I found natural antihistamines in a ‘1000 mg Vitamin C with Flavonoids’ supplement during the cold/flu season of February 1995. Was taking the C to fight colds, but then realized in May that my sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes hadn’t started, and were gone! Measuring time, it probably took two months for the C and flavonoid combo to entrench in the body. But it worked and is still working… honestly haven’t had a box of Alka-Seltzer in the house in years.

Natural antihistamines are numerous and available

If the contents of over-the-counter drugs scare you (and they should) you should be considering a more natural approach to curing your allergies. Did you know that a little salt is a natural antihistamine? So are grape seed extracts, raspberries, chili peppers, black tea, green tea, broccoli, red onions and bottles of red wine. This list could go on and on, but the point is, you do not need a little pill from an over-the-counter drug manufacturer to alleviate your allergies. You can find natural antihistamines in your supermarket, or in a condensed capsule form at a health food store.

Now, keep in mind, when choosing natural antihistamines, that you and every other individual will react differently to different foods. If you’re allergic to a certain food, then avoid that food as a source of antihistamine. But with so many natural antihistamines available, you will certainly be able to find one that works on your allergies in a much safer, natural way.