Monthly Archives: April 2013

Is Spring Keeping You Indoors? – Natural Allergy Solutions

Natural Anti-Histamine
D-Hist Non Drowsy Natural Anti Histamine

Change of seasons usually means better weather but all the blooms can pose quite a problem for many of us suffering with allergies! There are many different approaches from shots to medications, but for many that are looking for a more natural way, there are several alternatives.

For over 8 years, D-Hist has been our trusted friend in completely natural anti-histamine relief that works extremely quickly without drowsiness or other side effects of conventional allergy medications.

 

D-Hist contains:

Quercetin

Naturally found in onions, quercetin is a mast cell stabilizerand a powerful natural flavonoid. Quercetin has been shown toinhibit certain compounds that typically affect sinus and respiratory health.

Stinging Nettles Leaf

Studies have shown stinging nettles have demonstrated bothpromising mechanisms and clinical results for supporting nasalpassageway health. While further study is needed, trials haveshown stinging nettles demonstrated measurable differences vs. placebo after only one week.

Bromelain

A strong pineapple enzyme, bromelain has proven mucolyticproperties. As such, bromelain supports normal mucousal tissue function and enhances the absorption of quercetin.

N-Acetyl L-Cysteine (NAC)

An amino acid that is a natural mucolytic, NAC reduces the viscosity of mucus. Studies have shown individuals have beentreated effectively without side effects when given NAC.

We have tried other brands with very similar ingredients but time and time again, we keep going back to this brand because it just works best every time.

And for the little ones try D-Hist Jr which is formulated with the same natural ingredients in a child friendly chewable dose.

To further reduce allergies, it is very helpful to avoid dairy products due to their mucous forming characteristics and high sugar foods as those promote inflammation and immune deregulation.

Is Carrageenan Safe?

Carrageenan is an ingredient used by the food industry to thicken various products such as non dairy milks, yogurts, dressings, sauces and various vegan products. Studies have linked carrageenan to gastrointestinal inflammation, lesions and even colon cancer in rats. When we looked at this further, the issue seems to be that the degraded substance of carrageenen is poligeenan. It is the poligeenan has been shown to be toxic at high doses and to have a tumor promoting effect on the colon of rodents.  Carrageenan is used in food in a form processed from “Eucheuma Seaweed “and has a very high content of cellulose.  While cellulose is not digestible by humans, the worry is that there is a connection between a bacteria called “bacteroides vulgates” that breaks down carrageenan to its toxic form and this bacteria is found (according to Dr. Michael Murray, ND) to be six times higher in people with ulcerative colitis. So, for anyone with UC or IBD it would be a very good idea to avoid it.  For everyone else, we don’t think that ingesting small quantities of it should be something to worry too much about. With this said however, many health food manufacturers are slowing taking this compound out of their products and as time goes on, it will be easier to find non dairy milks and other products without carrageenan.