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For all you seasonal allergy sufferers that are just now experiencing the older tell-tale symptoms you have grown to despise; the wheezing, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, runny or stuffed up nose. Well you will be delighted to know there are more choices for you to pick from. Studies reveal that it is now possible to get much of the same great relief you have gotten from medication but from herbal supplements found in nature.

Are There Healthier Alternatives Beyond that the Drugstore?

As an allergy victim myself, I used to believe that the only way to find relief from my allergies would be to push up to the corner drugstore and pick up one of the many commonly doctor recommended, (and usually highly advertised) over the counter medication, including Antihistamines, I discovered that although these drugs were quite helpful in controlling allergies, they also came with a troubling list of potential side-effects such as, drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, dry mouth, confusion and much more.

Now that I’m, elderly, I’ve discovered that Antihistamines have a negative impact on my ability to urinate, by increasing the size of my enlarged prostate. In addition, most physicians will also dissuade you from taking Antihistamines if you’ve got high blood pressure, thyroid problems, liver or kidney disease, bladder obstruction or glaucoma. Also, it isn’t advised to take antihistamine for women that are pregnant or are nursing.

Lately, many of those people suffering from allergies are finding that their very best option for relief is from Mother Nature. Studies are suggesting a variety of all-natural supplement treatments can help, and frequently without the troubling side effects ascribed to in conventional medication supported care.

Using nature-based products can be an extremely useful method to manage mild allergies and a helpful adjunct for more serious allergies, and there are lots of kinds of treatments you can safely attempt. One especially popular and well researched all-natural supplement is the European herb Butterbur (Petasites hybirdus).  In a research a group found that only 1 pill of Butterbur taken four times a day was as effective as one favorite Antihistamine Drug in controlling hay fever but without the drowsiness side-effects. Other herbal supplements are proving very helpful also.

Many Naturopathic physicians also think that a popular grape seed, and red wine extract, both comprising the bioflavonoid compound called quercetin are herbal supplements which can quiet allergy symptoms. These two herbal supplements used together with Vitamin C are very effective in reducing allergies.

These supplements are integrated into a powder, which dissolves easily in water. In this liquid condition, these supplements presume the same consistency as our normal body fluids and can be quickly, and fully absorbed into the lining of the stomach in as few as 3 to 5 minutes, thus increasingly the rate of its efficacy in subduing allergy symtoms. This product is promoted as Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins or OPC.

Even the easy and totally natural, saline nasal spray found in pretty much every drug store as well as super market throughout the nation, is effective against allergies by efficiently washing out pollen and thinning or lowering mucous, and it is cheap too. Natural allergy treatments may make a difference but shouldn’t be used to fully replace drugs or other treatments. Be sure and consult with a physician before making changes in the treatment of your Allergies.