Tags: allergic reaction, blood vessels, bloodstream, body muscles, body tissues, healthy diet, healthy nutritional foundation, Histamine, hives, Immune System, mast cells, mucus, nasal congestion, Nose Runs, runny eyes, supplements
Histamine is usually stored in granules inside mast cells. When a mast cell is exposed to a substance that triggers an allergic reaction, however, the cell releases its histamine into surrounding tissues.
Histamine plays an important role in certain types of allergic reactions. It causes small blood vessels to widen and become more permeable to fluid, allowing fluid to pass from the bloodstream into surrounding tissues, causing nasal congestion, runny eyes and nose, and sometimes hives.
Histamine makes the smooth muscles in the walls of the lungs, blood vessels, stomach, intestines, and bladder contract. That contraction brings on a wide range of symptoms. In the lungs, for example, histamine may cause wheezing. Histamine release also indirectly stimulates the production of thick, sticky mucus.
You can blame parent for the fact that you’re allergic; the tendency is inherited. But some doctors believe a healthy diet and certain nutritional supplements can balance your immune system, keeping it strong but not over reactive.
To crack the underlying problem, you really need a healthy nutritional foundation that’s based on diet. If you continue to eat poorly and simply take a few supplements, you aren’t likely to see much of a benefit. With that in mind, here are particulars on the nutrients that may be helpful in fighting allergies.