It's springtime, and if you have allergies, you're probably reaching for the Claritin or Flonase. Some alternative doctors will even suggest using these medications. But there's a better way to treat allergies.
I've told you in the past that adrenal fatigue can encourage allergies. But new research has found something you can take with your adrenal supplements to supercharge your immune system and prevent allergy symptoms.
In this study, the researchers divided a small group of men and women between the ages of 12 and 80. All of them suffered from either hay fever or allergic asthma. Of the 24 participants, 15 took 3,000 mcg of vitamin B12, and the other nine took a placebo.
As you may know, you can take B12 in three different forms: an injection, a lozenge you dissolve in your mouth, and by swallowing a pill. The injection is typically the most effective B12 form, but some people don't like shots, and it's a little more expensive (though not prohibitively). The lozenges are very effective because they bypass the digestive system, which doesn't typically absorb B12 very well. And the lozenges are less expensive than the shots. The oral pills are generally regarded as the least effective and not worth the money, even though they're very inexpensive.
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Well, in this study, the researchers used the lozenges and found something very surprising. They found that the lozenges were just as effective as the shots in relieving allergy symptoms. That's remarkable! They found that the lozenges worked particularly well for sneezing and runny nose symptoms. And it reduced their need for antihistamine medications.
The researchers said the lozenges "yielded reduction in total weekly symptoms for the active group compared to the placebo." The participants usually started to see relief after two weeks. And they continued to see improvements for the duration of the study, which was nine weeks. What's more, the researchers found that the relief continued even after the participants stopped taking the B12.
So if you suffer from hay fever or other respiratory allergies, consider taking vitamin B12. It's inexpensive and easy to take as a lozenge. While you can simply swallow the tablets, they work better if you suck on them until they dissolve in your mouth. You'll notice the 3,000 mcg used in the study is more than the recommended dosage (1,000 mcg) on most bottles of B12. The higher dose is perfectly safe, though it may cause a bit of a flushing sensation. This will typically pass within an hour. Use the higher dose through allergy season, then reduce the dosage to the standard 1,000 mcg for the rest of the year.
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Steve Kroening, ND.