Spring has arrived, and with it comes luscious gardens, vibrant foliage, and, of course, debilitating allergies. But remember, you are not alone: Seasonal allergies (formally known as allergic rhinitis) affect around 50 million Americans each year.
The major cause of spring allergies is pollen, a powdery substance discharged by the male parts of flowers in order to fertilize other flowers of the same species. These microscopic grains can inflame or adversely affect the immune system of those who are allergic to pollen. The body interprets the pollen as a foreign invader, and responds by releasing antibodies to locate and destroy the offending substance. But this chain of events also results in the release of histamines into the blood stream, and this chemical is responsible for all of those pesky allergy symptoms.
After a couple weeks of wrestling with an itchy throat, stuffy nose, and general fatigue, people are willing to try anything. Unfortunately, over-the-counter medications are often ineffective and sometimes dangerous when mixed with the wrong types of medication. Natural remedies like collagen-rich bone broth or quercetin-loaded cauliflower can help reduce symptoms of seasonal allergies, and allow you to enjoy the beautiful spring weather in peace.
Here are 10 natural remedies for late spring allergies.