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What is Histamine?

So just what are histamines and why should I care? Well according to Wikipedia, “Histamine is an organic nitrogenous compound involved in local immune responses, as well as regulating physiological function in the gut and acting as a neurotransmitter for the brain, spinal cord, and uterus”

How does this affect you? Well histamine can affect the mucus membranes and result in sneezing. And when it’s allergy season, that might mean sneezing a lot.

So What is an Antihistamine?

According to Medicine Net, antihistamines are drugs that fight the high levels of histamine released during an allergic response. They accomplish this by blocking the action of histamine when it reacts with the body and its tissues.

So What About Naturally Occurring Antihistamines?

In search of reducing the time we spend sneezing or reaching for another tissue, your author decided to research ingredients that many have found to have natural antihistamine properties and positively impact the lives of allergy sufferers. Interested? Read on.

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1. Bromelaine

Bromelaine is a naturally extracted plant enzyme found on the stem and fruit of a pineapple plant. This enzyme aids in the breaking down of large protein complexes, such as antigenic compounds, and have been shown to enhance the body’s absorption of quercetin. Bromelaine is an active agent in reducing circulating allergenic protein complexes that are associated with hyper-immune sensitivity and seasonal allergy discomfort.

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2. N-Acetyl Cysteine

N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is an important ingredient in controlling the build-up of mucus in the lungs and airways. This amino acid is a precursor to glutathione, which is one of the most important antioxidants in the body. Both glutathione and NAC help reduce the excess volume of mucus build up and production, which in turn allows for the clearing of, and improvement in, respiratory health.

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3. Quercetin

Quercetin is a biologically active flavonoid antioxidant. It is widely distributed in plants such as oak trees, onions, and tea. Quercetin has very strong antioxidant activity leading to its proof of immune system health and support through lessening the release of the inflammatory compounds leukotrienes and prostaglandins. This strong antioxidant is known for its ability to diminish the release of histamine. This release of histamine is known to cause hypersensitive reactions during seasonal allergen changes.

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4. Stinging Nettle Leaf

Stinging Nettle Leaves, also known by its scientific name Urtica Dioica, is a plant known to balance immune responses specifically in the airways and nasal passages. Many studies have shown that the extract of stinging nettles balances a variety of inflammatory responses that affect respiratory health. This ingredient controls mast-cell degranulation, prostaglandin formation, and elevated histamine levels. Altogether, this active ingredient contributes to a balanced inflammatory response, easing allergy symptoms.

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5. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is essential to every persons diet already, as it cannot be synthesized by humans. Among the immense amount of health-benefitting properties, vitamin c is an essential vitamin in supporting the immune system. When the body is under a significant amount of emotional or environmental stress, this powerful antioxidant is excreted rapidly into your immune system. Vitamin c has many immune boosting properties, but it is distinctively beneficial to those individuals fighting seasonal discomfort because of it’s unique ability to deactivate histamine.

Disclaimer: These ingredients are suggestive and are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).