It’s that time of the year – trees bloom, hot winds blow, sinuses get irritable, and red eyes and sneezing threaten to become a part of your daily life. Allergy season.
I struggled with this as a child growing up in some of the richest and most diverse farmland in the country – central California. Hot summer days found me wanting to claw my eyes out and became the occasion for trips to the ER because of asthma flares. My mom lived in a high state of alert.
Can anything be done from a natural viewpoint to help?
Magnesium. Did you know you have a 50% chance of being magnesium deficient? Turns out to be the most common mineral deficiency in the U.S – estimated to effect half our population. This is thought to be due to the declining mineral content in our soils and the fact that processed foods become depleted of magnesium. Also, people who exercise heavily have an increased need.
Magnesium deficiency can cause an increase in histamine levels in the blood after being exposed to allergens. (Histamine is released from mast cells and is the main chemical mediator of an allergic reaction -- hence the benefit of “antihistamines”.) Good sources include nuts, legumes, fiber-rich whole grains, spinach, dairy, and dark chocolate (yay!). Because deficiency is so common, it is advisable that everyone supplement with 300 mg a day of a well-absorbed form (citrate, glycinate, taurate, aspartate or threonate).
Tip: The most accurate blood test for magnesium is not a simple serum concentration (which is what is typically ordered) but an “RBC magnesium” (aka Red Blood Cell magnesium).
Tip: Magnesium is well-absorbed topically. So you can buy some magnesium oil and apply once daily or enjoy a foot soak with Epsom salts (which contain significant amounts).
Tip: Do you struggle to keep your blood levels of Vitamin D up? In other words, are you one of those people who must take seemingly excessive doses of Vitamin D just to keep a minimal blood level? This is a sign of magnesium deficiency (read more here).
Quercetin: A natural antioxidant and bioflavonoid with proven anti-histamine effects, it’s naturally found in broccoli, cauliflower, green tea, and citrus fruits. If taken as a supplement, I recommend 250 mg or so a day. A great value brand is here (paired with bromelain, which reduces inflammation).
Bonus: Quercetin has strong anti-viral activity and is therefore recommended for COVID treatment (see FLCCC protocols), besides its activity against other viruses like the flu or herpes.
Vitamin C. Besides its roles as an antioxidant and its importance in adrenal function, vitamin C helps reduce histamine release and speeds histamine breakdown. For severe allergy sufferers, I recommend a sustained release formulation, like this one, at 1000-2000 mg a day.
And there we have it, my friends: my best suggestions to get some immediate allergy relief, naturally.
Bonus Content: If you need medication, my go-to is a simple over-the-counter Claritin 10 mg. Lasts all day and non-drowsy. Works like a champ.
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