For much of the nation, March roared in like a lion and thankfully left like a lamb. But April is not innocent, bringing pollen from trees, grass, flowers and plants that makes its way into the air and makes many of us miserable. Seasonal allergies affect a reported 35 million Americans each year with sneezing, wheezing, runny nose and itchy, watery, red eyes.
Respiratory congestion is often caused by allergens. These may be food allergens, allergens in the air, such as pollen, mold, dust mites, animal dander, or household cleaning products that release chemical allergens. When your body is exposed to allergens, it releases proteins called histamines, which bind to special sites called receptors on the cells in your nose and throat causing them to become swollen and leaky. High histamine levels are associated with respiratory congestion, especially in the nasal passages and the sinuses.
Antihistamines reduce or block histamines by coating the receptors, therefore preventing the binding. This, in turn, prevents nasal allergy symptoms. Histamine works quickly once released. By the time your symptoms appear, the histamine has already attached to cell receptors, and the allergic reaction is well under way. That’s why it’s helpful to take antihistamines prior to exposure to allergens.
Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine and studies have found that taking daily supplements of vitamin C helps to reduce histamine levels and congestion. In one study, the subjects were given 1,000 mg of vitamin C supplements three times a day. The study results showed that histamine levels were reduced in people who had high histamine levels. Preliminary studies have shown positive outcomes when injecting vitamin C into the sinuses of people with acute sinusitis.
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