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Understanding Allergies - Natural Allergies Supplements, Herbs & Nutrients

Allergies refer to a range of conditions which occurs when the immune system hyperactively reacts to an irritant encountered by the body. There are a variety of potential allergens within nature, food, topical products and more, which, in some individuals can be detected as harmful and alert the immune cell Immunoglobulin E (IgE) which activates a cascade of cells to destroy the particle, creating inflammation and distinctive allergy symptoms. Seasonal allergies affect millions of people each year, and avoiding antihistamine medication if possible, is the goal of many sufferers. Herbal medicines such as butterbur may provide some relief from the affects histamine and nasal congestion as well as improve breathing. In addition to herbs, many naturopathic doctors also believe that certain nutrients can be helpful such as grapeseed extract, quercetin, and vitamin C. Vitamin C has the ability to counteract the inflammation responses that accompany allergies, and is considered to have natural antihistamine properties.

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