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8 Nutrients That Can Reduce Allergy Symptoms

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May 19, 2015 at 10:18 AM

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Are you the type of person who dreads the weather becoming warmer because you start sneezing more, eyes are red, and feel itchy? This could be one thing: allergies.

An allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system. Common allergy symptoms include:

  • Runny nose
  • Red eyes
  • Itchiness
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Eczema
  • Asthma

You can minimize these allergy symptoms by drinking lots of water, eating a healthy diet, and supporting your diet with specific nutrients. But knowing which nutrients will help your allergies is not always easy. So, I’m sharing with you, my top eight recommendations for supplements that will help your allergies:

Quercetin

Quercetin is an important bioflavonoid found in a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, and leaves. It has rich antioxidant properties that includes vital semi-essential nutrients. Quercetin is used to help counteract allergy symptoms by:

  • Increasing anti-inflammatory activity
  • Reducing histamine release.

Green Tea Extract

Green tea is rich in phytonutrients that help ward off everyday cellular attacks. In Chinese medicine it is used to facilitate digestion and enhance mental function. Today, green tea extract can be used to alleviate allergy symptoms, while also:

  • Regulating blood sugar
  • Protecting against bacteria.
  • Lowering the risk of esophageal cancer
  • Helping cut down cholesterol

Selenium

Selenium is a mineral commonly found in seafood and nuts. Its main function is to protect cell membranes and stimulate immune function. Selenium contains various anti-oxidant properties that produce special proteins that assist in the reduction of allergy symptoms. Other beneficial purposes of selenium include that it:

  • Increases B-cell antibody response
  • Enhances the function of  vitamin C
  • Is essential to producing Coenzyme Q10

Bromelain

Bromelain is an enzyme blend used to digest protein that is commonly found in pineapples. For centuries in South American, pineapple has been to reduce inflammatory and indigestion. Today, it can be used to reduce the swelling of sinuses and nose. Bromelain also:

  • Inhibits pro-inflammatory compounds
  • Assists in digestion of vegetable proteins
  • Helps promote circulation and post-traumatic absorption of inflammatory by-products

Licorice Root (4:1 extract)

Licorice root extract has been studied for its anti-allergic and anti-arthritic properties. Chinese medicine believed it replenishes vital energy, moistens the lungs, and strengthens digestion. Current research states that licorice root has many therapeutic uses to reduce allergy symptoms such as:

  • Supporting inflammation of the skin
  • Decreasing mucus secretion
  • Healing stomach ulcers

Magnesium (Citrate)

Magnesium (Citrate) is a natural occurring mineral. Foods that are high in fiber are generally high in magnesium. . Many people in the United States and Canada are considered magnesium deficient – especially common women and seniors. Magnesium (Citrate) assists in reducing allergy symptoms like abdominal bloating and intestinal gas and pain by buffering the acidic stage of an allergic reaction. It also helps with:

  • Stress
  • Detox

Calcium (Citrate)

Calcium (Citrate) is a naturally occurring mineral that is necessary for bone health. However, the concentration of calcium tends to decline as individuals age. Calcium (citrate) is used to help boost the immune system and support immune resilience. It aids in the treatment of seasonal allergies by:

  • Regulating the body's acid/alkaline balance in tissues
  • Buffering the acidic stage of an allergic reaction
  • Reducing histamine production

Vitamin C (Ascorbate)

Vitamin C is a natural occurring anti-histamine, anti-oxidant and anti-toxin. The most popular form of Vitamin C is ascorbic acid and is an essential vitamin because it helps with digestion and replenishes calcium. Vitamin C is critical in the reduction of many allergy symptoms because it:

  • Decreases the production of histamine, reducing immediate allergy potential
  • Helps relieve allergic symptoms and prevent inflammatory reactions
  • Provides an anti-histamine-like effect
  • Assists in production of adrenal hormones needed to combat the stress imposed by allergic reactions

 Have you tried any of these nutrients to reduce your allergy symptoms? Share your experiences below.

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