People sometimes seem surprised to learn that botanical and nutritional products can be very effective for allergy relief, when in truth many compounds (one source claims fully one half!) used in the pharmaceutical industry are based off the activity of naturally occurring molecules. The structures of compounds found in nature are altered so that they are easily and consistently produced in a lab, and are patentable. In regards to allergy conditions, we use medications which inhibit histamine, either by opposing it’s activity (e.g. Benadryl), or keeping mast cells from releasing it (e.g. Nasalcrom). Several natural compounds found in plants are known to do these very same things – quercetin, hesperidin, and rutin are all bioflavonoids known to stabilize mast cells and keep them from releasing inflammatory compounds (the ones responsible for the symptoms of an allergy). Natural ingredients used for allergies don’t block receptors like the classic anti-histamine medications, as that action creates side effects such as drowsiness and dry mouth. Instead, other ingredients work by normalizing our immune response in nasal passages and in the blood stream through actions such as enhancing T-cell and B-cell function, breaking down the histamine and other compounds more efficiently so they are less problematic, making mucus less viscous, and strengthening the lining of nasal passages.
We have two products which have both garnered terrific feedback in their ability to stop allergy symptoms. Both are taken somewhat intensely (three times daily) for the first few days, but then are tapered down, often to only one capsule daily for maintenance during the inflammatory season. Please feel free to stop by for more information or a sample to help make your spring more comfortable!