Seasonal sinus problems are one of the most common health issues in the United States. The immune system is responsible for an allergy. The body is over-reacting to something that is normally harmless, releasing antibodies and histamine. Allergies exhibit most of their effects in the respiratory tract, causing irritation to the mucosal lining and increasing mucosal secretions. Histamines recruit inflammatory agents to further increase inflammation.
Sinus and allergy support
The following list is by no means complete, but it does give you a reliable list of supplements and nutrients to look for when heading into allergy season. For best results, don’t wait until you are suffering with allergy symptoms. Although many items on this list may provide you with almost instant support, you will find your best strategy will be to have these nutrients working for you before the pollen flies.
Vitamin C promotes a normal histamine response and helps detox histamine from the blood stream
Quercetin has been shown to promote normal histamine levels in the body by modifying the manufacture and release of histamine.
N-Acetyl Cysteine thins mucus secretions of the lungs and bronchial system
Citrus Bioflavonoids promote a normal inflammatory response in the sinus cavities working hand in hand with vitamin C making it available to the cells
Bromelain thins mucus secretions, has anti-inflammatory activity and helps clears the airways
Stinging Nettle supports healthy inflammatory response specific to the sinus cavities and promotes sinus health year-round
Ivy Leaf promotes healthy mucus membranes and defends the bronchial and lung passageways against irritation with an antispasmodic action
Marshmallow soothes irritated throat
Eyebright soothes irritated eyes
Protease Enzymes supports healthy inflammatory pathways and aids in sinus drainage
Elderberry promotes normal respiratory secretions
Thyme promotes healthy respiratory function acting as an expectorant and an anti-spasmodic
Mullein supports mucous membranes of the respiratory tract, a classic herbal expectorant
Raw Honey (buckwheat honey is especially good for cough) soothes throat and bronchial irritation
You can use any combination of these nutrients. You will find that your local health food store will typically have an allergy section with many reputable companies producing formulas that combine these nutrients for you. If you have a favorite supplement or herb that you find helpful during allergy season, please share with us in the comments below.