With Spring coming, there’s a lot to look forward to. I’m looking forward to getting started with my garden for the year. But that’s also part of what I’m dreading the most. Since I was a child, I’ve had a bad allergy to tree pollen. The runny nose, the itching, the sneezing – I was born with the whole package! If you suffer from seasonal allergies, I’m sure you know my pain.
But before you reach over for the Benadryl, there are somethings you should know.
Benadryl Linked To Memory Loss
Benadryl is part of a class of drug that is understood to have side-effects on memory loss. It has long been believed that these side-effects to the brain were reversible. But that may no longer be the case.
A study published in the medical journal, JAMA Internal Medicine, presented alarming findings linking the long-term use of anticholinergics like Benadryl with dementia. The study spanned over a decade and covered 3434 people over the age of 65.
It was found that 23.2% of participants developed dementia. To put that into greater perspective, many of the drugs included in the study like Benadryl are prescribed for daily use.
Even with these findings, the prevalence of these drugs proves to be the biggest hurdle in discouraging their use. So with allergy season coming up, what can you take instead? Instead of reaching over for another allergy medication, give some of these natural remedies a try!
4 Natural Allergy Remedies
1. Stinging Nettle
A study found that 58% of participants had allergy relief when using freeze-dried nettle. Common in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, stinging nettle can be dried and prepared as a tea or cooked into a variety of recipes. It’s actually got quite a few vitamins and minerals to boot! You can get stinging nettle at most health food stores and online.
Quercetin is an antioxidant that is found in apples, green tea, red onions and much more. Several studies have found that quercetin has some anti-allergy effects. The recommended dosage of quercetin for treating seasonal allergies ranges from 250 – 600 mg.
Bromelain is a compound found in pineapple juice and the stem of pineapples. Bromelain acts by stimulating the production of enzymes that prevent swelling from allergies. Pineapples are available year-round but you can find it more concentrated as natural supplements online and at most health food stores.
4. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is one of the most prevalent natural sources of allergy relief. Vitamin C prevents the creation of histamines in your body and speeds up the detox process. For the best results, experts recommend at least 2 grams of vitamin C when treating your allergies. You can also make your own vitamin C with this recipe.
This season, think twice before you take an over-the-counter allergy medication. Some of them might have dire effects we don’t know about just yet. Mother nature may be behind many of your allergies this season, but nature also has great allergy remedies for you.
Check out this video for some more remedies!