-Natural Anti-histamines versus Synthetic Anti-histamines-


During allergy season, the word histamine may bring to mind itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and the discomfort one feels when the body is experiencing an allergic reaction.

However, histamine (formed from histidine, an essential amino acid) plays a larger role in the body, functioning not only as a potent inflammatory chemical that causes allergy symptoms, but also as a neurotransmitter involved in appetite control, learning and memory, and wakefulness.

As a paracrine (a chemical messenger that acts locally in the body), histamine causes stomach acid secretion that aids the digestive process of proteins and defense against bacteria that could harm the body.