Allergies come from a variety of sources and affect millions of people around the world. Most medications for allergies don’t treat the allergies at all but, rather your immune system, which attempts to rid you of those allergens. While they may give you relief from those running noses, watering eyes, sneezes and sniffles, medications also have side effects that many people don’t like such as causing drowsiness, dry mouth, upset stomach and so on. This is why more and more people are turning to natural supplements for allergies in hopes of strengthening their immune system and blocking the symptom-causing histamines in their bodies. Here are a few natural supplements that just may help you get through the next allergy season feeling much better than you believed possible.
You’ve all heard the saying that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and that is certainly true of seasonal allergies. What allergy sufferer wouldn’t rather skip the entire allergy season or at least get through it unaffected rather than suffer all those seasonal allergy symptoms. Well, there are a few natural supplements that may just make that possible or at least make those allergy symptoms far milder and easier to deal with. Here are three supplements that have proven to be highly effective for many people.
For those of you who are looking to treat your allergy symptoms during an allergy attack, you really need to look no further than your kitchen cupboard. Ingredients such as hot ginger, cayenne pepper, fenugreek seed, onion and garlic can thin the mucus caused by allergies and clear your nasal passages.
Rinsing your nasal passages with a non iodized salt water solution can actually wash the allergens clinging to your nasal passages away, bringing relief from many of your allergy symptoms. Strengthening your immune system by consuming more vitamins may also help relieve many of your allergy symptoms.
Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Zinc have long been recognized to play an important role in the function of our immune systems. However, keep in mind that those over the counter vitamin supplements are often synthetic and may not have the same effect as natural vitamins acquired from food in helping to treat those allergy symptoms.
It is important to remember that some vitamins and supplements can be harmful in excessive doses. Vitamins like Vitamin A (in its retinol, not carotene form), Vitamin K and Zinc can build up in the body and cause undesirable symptoms. Be conscious of the doses and consistency with which you take these and other supplements. I would also advise that when taking Vitamin C for allergies, you consider investing in a buffered form so that you can take large amounts without upsetting your stomach or throat. Always remember to consult with your physician before starting or altering your supplement intake.