Combat Allergies With These Teas
Spring has sprung, and so have the sniffles, sneezes, and sore throats. As plants begin to bloom and release pollen into the air, allergic reactions are triggered in those with seasonal allergies. While allergy medicine is available over-the-counter, sufferers still deal with uncomfortable symptoms that they just have to wait out. Luckily, tea contains certain compounds that may help alleviate allergy symptoms. In this blog, we will discuss a few ways the compounds in tea can combat allergies.
- Histamine-blocking Properties
The antioxidants in tea can help alleviate inflammation, which is the body’s natural response to allergens. Specific antioxidants, such as catechins and flavonoids, can help reduce inflammation by neutralizing free radicals that damage cells. By attacking inflammation at the source, allergy sufferers can alleviate symptoms like runny noses, congestion, and itchy eyes.
Green teas are one of the most antioxidant-rich teas, containing high levels of both catechins and epicatechins. In fact, many people swear by green tea when they are feeling under the weather. Black teas are also a great source of antioxidants, specifically theaflavins, and thearubigins. These compounds form during the fermentation process. On the other hand, white teas are less processed than other types, allowing them to retain more of their natural antioxidants.
Quercetin is a specific flavonoid that is found in many types of teas, including green teas, black teas, and rooibos teas. This flavonoid has both anti-inflammatory and histamine-blocking properties that can work to reduce allergy symptoms. In fact, Quercetin has been shown to inhibit the release of histamine, decrease proinflammatory cytokines, and support a balanced Th1 and Th2 immune response. Together, this combination can help reduce itchy, watery eyes and sinus congestion.
Histamine is a chemical that is released by your immune system in response to an allergen. In the case of seasonal allergies, this allergen is typically pollen, dust mites, or mold. Antihistamines do exactly what the name suggests, block the effects of histamine. Many teas offer histamine-blocking properties, but rooibos teas, peppermint teas, and chamomile teas have been known to be the most helpful for allergy symptoms.
While stress-relieving teas aren’t going to stop allergy symptoms, they can help with their severity. Stress can heighten allergy symptoms by causing the body to release additional histamine. It can also weaken the immune system, making it harder for the body to fight off allergies. Chamomile tea in particular contains compounds that can help promote relaxation, making it a great choice for people experiencing allergy symptoms.
Try: Organic Chamomile
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