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Histamine is a chemical produced in the body when you're having an allergic reaction. It causes inflammation, runny nose, hives, itching, coughing, flushing, and other allergic reactions. There are different treatment options for dealing with allergies that cause the release of histamine, including over-the-counter products that use synthetic chemicals. Certain foods can naturally act as anti-histamines to counter allergic reactions and can be a staple in your diet to provide daily relief.
Honey and Honeycombs
One of the most effective natural options is the use of honey. Honey contains pollen allergens that can stimulate the body's immune system thus counteracting allergic reactions. Only natural, organic honey can act as an anti-histamine blocker. Honeycombs also provide the same benefit. Chewing a honey comb or the use of honey in tea daily can provide the anti-allergen effect.
Grapes, Berries and Cherries
Red, white and purple grapes, along with blueberries and cherries, offer a histamine blocker benefit by providing proanthocyanidin (OPC). This ingredient is found mainly in the peels, skins, and seeds and is a powerful antioxidant that can also act as an anti-inflammatory.
Green tea provides quercetin, which possess anti-histamine properties. Quercetin helps block the synthesis of histamines as well as the binding sites of cellular receptors to histamine, thus reducing the allergic reactions. It can be especially effective against congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes, and swollen nasal passages.
Oranges and Kiwis
Oranges and kiwis provide Vitamin C, which has proven itself to be a potent and safe alternative to blocking histamines. Vitamin C breaks down the small histamine molecules rather than preventing histamine from binding to cellular sites. Vitamin C also promotes a healthy immune system function that can deal with the allergens and the body's response. Vitamin C boosts the benefit of quercetin and acts as an anti-histamine blocker.