Get Rid of Your Allergy Headache this Spring with This Supplement Advice
With Spring just around the corner as your world awakens with flowers and grass and budding leaves, so does your seasonal allergies that can often lead to debilitating headaches that don’t respond to typical OTC pain relievers. Rather than reach for yet another aspirin for pain relief, combat the problem by attacking its source—histamine release.
“I know how frustrating prescription drugs and pain relievers can be when they just don’t help you out with your headaches,” says Dr. Oz as he introduces his special guest pharmacist Suzy Cohen, author of the book “Headache Free” who specializes in finding natural cures for headaches.
Dr. Oz explains to viewers that new research on the brain and how headaches develop shows that headaches begin deep in the brain that leads to a cascade of chemical release leading to inflammation that causes cerebral blood vessels to spasm as they dilate and relax giving us that throbbing headache feeling.
According to Ms. Cohen, that inflammation can be triggered by histamine release, which is a common response by the body for many people during springtime when allergens are released in full bloom with flowering plants.
Ms. Cohen tells viewers that to stave off histamine release she recommends that people try a supplement called “Quercetin.” According to Ms. Cohen, quercetin is a natural anti-histamine supplement that she has found works wonders on treating allergy-related headaches that come with a runny nose and watering eyes.
“This is the big secret. People don’t realize that histamine causes headaches—it totally can. And there’s histamine in our food,” says Ms. Cohen who reveals that not only can allergens such as pollen cause histamine release, but that certain foods can trigger histamine release too. Examples of a few food types include BBQ sauces, dried fruits due to their sulfite content; and, pumpernickel bread due to the fermentation it takes to make the bread.
“I would take 500 milligrams, two to three times daily,” recommends Ms. Cohen for treating your headache with quercetin.
Another solution to head off your headache is with an anti-headache drink concocted by Ms. Cohen that will bring natural foods into the body that can target the causes of a headache. The recipe for the drink mixed in a blender is as follows:
• ½ cup fresh pineapple
• ¼ cup of blueberries
• 1 cup coconut water
• 2 cups of kale
• ¼ teaspoon of Spirulina powder
“It helps relax the blood vessels…and it helps reduce the inflammation,” says Ms. Cohen, who explains to viewers that the pineapple ingredient contains “Bromelain” which is well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, she adds that the blueberries contain blood vessel-relaxing resveratrol, and thereby the two fruits work together to combat the two primary causes of pain in a headache. The kale and coconut water provide nutrition and hydration, whereas the Spirulina powder provides protein that she says will address other anti-inflammation issues not covered by the pineapple and blueberries.
“You know―this tastes so good I’d get a headache to take it,” quips Dr. Oz as he tries a sip of Ms. Cohen’s anti-headache drink.