(ARA) - It's common knowledge that allergy sufferers dread spring, which brings with it the pollens that make them miserable.
For example, according to the ALA's "allergy map," ragweed is in the air as late as October in the southern part of the country, while pollen from grasses aggravates allergies in the North East, Northern Plains and parts of the Midwest through October as well.
Tree pollen stirs up allergies in the Northern Plains starting in January, and the cycle starts all over again. Clearly, allergy sufferers need all the help they can get in taking control of their symptoms.
To understand how best to treat allergies, first you need to understand what causes them. Allergies are basically your body's overreaction to allergens, which can range from animals to food to plants. Normally, your immune system protects your body from harmful substances such as bacteria, viruses and toxins by producing antibodies. If you have an allergy, your body overreacts to exposure to certain allergens by producing antibodies which cause the symptoms you experience.
Almost anything can trigger an allergic reaction. Some of the most common allergens are pollen (especially from weeds, trees, grasses), molds, dust mites, animal dander, plants, feathers, medications, certain foods, insect venom, latex rubber - and that's just a partial list.
Hay fever is one of the most common summer allergies.
Many people treat their allergies with pharmaceutical drugs. These treatments provide rapid, temporary relief by masking the symptoms. But the symptoms reoccur when the drugs wear off, and the drugs themselves can trigger side effects like dry mouth and nasal passages or lethargy. And who needs more discomfort?
Botanical extracts offer a safe and effective way to alleviate symptoms, while avoiding the unpleasant side effects of conventional drugs. Studies have shown that supplements containing healthy phytochemicals and botanical extracts such as persimmon leaf, apple extract, pine bark extract, luteolin, rosemary extract, rhus punjabensis extract and hesperidin work to alleviate symptoms without negative side effects.
Botanical extracts also help treat the real cause of long-term allergy problems - the immune system's excessive release of allergy-inducing chemicals -- by inhibiting histamine release and correcting immune system dysfunctions. That's good news for allergy sufferers.
The other good news is that you don't have to visit your local health food store looking for each of these supplements individually. Allergy Answer provides this synergistic mixture of natural ingredients in one convenient nutritional supplement.
Any way you look at it, allergies make you miserable. This spring instead of relying on pharmaceuticals that provide temporary relief and add different symptoms to the mix, why not try these proven extracts?
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