Do you have allergies? If so, you know that finding recipes that don’t include common allergens can be a challenge. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this blog post, we will share a recipe for antihistamine juice that is perfect for those with allergies. This juice is packed with nutrients and antioxidants that can help to reduce inflammation and symptoms associated with allergies. This article looks at some natural and alternative antihistamines that may help you deal with seasonal allergies.
What is Antihistamine?
Antihistamines help to reduce histamine levels in the body. Histamine is a natural substance that is produced by the body in response to an allergic reaction. When histamine levels become too high, they can cause a number of symptoms, including sneezing, itching, and runny nose. Antihistamines work by reducing the production of histamine in the body, which helps to relieve these symptoms. There are many different types of antihistamines available, and they can be taken in a variety of ways, including oral supplements, topical creams, and injections.
Seasonal allergies, also called “hay fever,” can be treated with antihistamines. A lot of people take antihistamine drugs, but you can also find antihistamines in nature.
Some of the symptoms of seasonal allergies are sneezing, an itchy, runny nose, and a scratchy throat.
How do antihistamines help manage allergies?
Allergies come from an abnormal immune-system response. When you come into contact with an allergen, which is something you are allergic to, your immune system thinks it is a threat. As a way to deal with this threat, it lets out a chemical called histamine.
Histamine helps fight off parasites and other unwanted guests. But if you have an allergy, your immune system reacts too much to something that isn’t harmful. This action causes allergy symptoms right away.
Antihistamines stop histamine from working, so it can’t cause allergy symptoms or the inflammation that comes with a histamine response.
Some common allergies are:
- Pollen Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Stings from bugs
Natural Antihistamine Juice
Juice with Vitamin C
The immune system gets a boost from vitamin C. It also works as a natural way to treat allergies.
A 2018 study on the use of vitamin C to treat allergies found that oxidative stress is a major cause of allergic diseases. Vitamin C may help treat allergies because it is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Researchers found that giving high doses of vitamin C through an IV made allergy symptoms go away. They also said that allergies could be caused by not getting enough vitamin C.
Another study from 2000 says that you should take 2 grams (g) of vitamin C every day to help with allergies.
Many fruits and vegetables, like bell peppers, contain the vitamin.
- cauliflower fruits and vegetables
- Winter squash (a type of pumpkin).
Vegetables and Fruits with Quercetin
Quercetin is an antioxidant that is found in many plants and seems to help with allergies and histamine. One study suggests that quercetin shuts down a gene that helps cause an allergic reaction. 9
Quercetin can be taken as a supplement, and it is also found naturally in many foods and herbs, such as:
- Fennel leaves
- Chili peppers
- Blueberries and cranberries
There may be some side effects, like a headache or an upset stomach. Also, quercetin might not be safe for you if you have kidney disease or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Make sure to talk to your doctor before you take it.
Butterbur is a plant extract that comes from a shrub that grows in parts of Asia, Europe, and North America. It is often used to treat headaches and hay fever, which is also called allergic rhinitis.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) says that butterbur might work as an antihistamine.
A 2007 review of 16 randomized controlled trials that tested 10 herbal products suggests that butterbur could be an effective herbal treatment for hay fever.
This study found that butterbur was more effective than a placebo or just as good as antihistamine drugs at easing allergy symptoms.
But the review’s authors point out that some large studies were paid for by companies in the field. This means that more independent research is needed.
The NCCIH Trusted Source says that butterbur works well for most people, but it can cause side effects like:
- It’s hard to breathe
- a head pain
- eye itch
This is a group of enzymes that are found in pineapples (Ananas comosus), which grow in tropical and subtropical parts of the world. In the past, people in Central America and South America used it as a medicine for a long time.
Even though not all studies agree, there is some evidence that bromelain is an anti-inflammatory and can help with stuffy noses. In a small study, bromelain seemed to get into the mucous membranes of the sinuses. Hence, it could help with allergies and other sinus problems.
Most of the time, you need to take supplements to get enough bromelain to make a difference. Also, the stem and core of the pineapple, which are not eaten, have the most bromelain. Furthermore, this makes it hard to get enough medicine from eating the fruit alone.
Studies have found that bromelain has very few side effects. Most likely are stomach pains and diarrhea.
Antihistamine Juice Recipes
Red Antihistamine Juice
- 4 big carrots
- 1 big red beet
- 2 small-medium apples
- Several leaves of watercress
- a piece of turmeric, about 15 grams;
- a piece of ginger, about 10 grams.
- Clean all the ingredients and get them ready according to your juicer’s instructions.
- Juice and have fun!
Green Antihistamine Juice
- ca. 40 g fresh moringa oleifera leaves (about 5 branches)
- 250 grams of celery (4–5 stalks)
- 1 cucumber
- 2 apples
- 5 grams of fresh thyme (about a handful)
- 10 grams of ginger
- 1/8th of a small lemon
- Clean and get ready all the ingredients according to your juicer’s instructions. I cut off the part of the branches that had the most wood.
- Juice and have fun!
Smoothie made of sweet mango and peas
- 2/3 cup green peas that have been sprouted
- Iceberg lettuce, 2 cups
- 1 cup frozen pieces of mango
- 3/4 cup organic apple juice
- 1/4 cup of clean water (or tap water)
- 1 teaspoon of ground chia seeds
- If you want, you can add honey, maple syrup, or any other sweetener you like.
Mix all of the ingredients in a blender at full speed until the mixture is smooth.