Allergies-It's inflammation caused by histamine(a chemical released due to allergic reaction).
You can fix the symptoms with anti-histamines (which cause drowsiness) or you can fix them naturally with OPCs.
OPCs are antioxidants that fight free radical damage. So, what are free radicals and what do they do?
Free Radicals are atoms that have unpaired electrons which makes the atoms unstable. So the atoms try to stabilize by stealing electrons from other atoms which causes a reaction kind of like a car wreck that causes other car wrecks (or you can think of it as a pinball pinging around in your body). This is caused by normal processes in our body, toxins, pollution, heavy metals, etc..
So you have damaged cells in your body caused by free radicals. These damaged cells make it easier for disease to invade your body. I'm talking just about everything including cancer, allergies, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, skin issues, heart disease, asthma, etc..
Now, your body has natural defenses that combat this free radical damage but we have an overloaded system with our current world and lifestyle. This is where OPCs come in. These antioxidants fight the free radical damage (oxidative stress; hence the term anti-oxidant) by stabilizing the free radicals. There are tons of studies done on OPC and it's efficacy and safety. If you're going to take an antioxidant supplement then OPCs are the way to go. Everyone in my family takes OPCs every day.
OPCs are Flavan 3 ols (I'm going to skip the chemistry.) that are basically absorbable extracts from plants. This is why it's important to get a quality brand; you need a quality source. OPCs are 20 times more powerful than Vitamin C and 50 times more powerful than Vitamin E in neutralizing free radicals! Some examples:
Grape Seed Extract- You can't eat a grape seed and absorb the nutrients (sorry) but the extract is great for cholesterol levels.
Bilberry-Great for night time vision
Red Wine Extract-Has Resveratrol (awesome stuff!) that has potent anti-aging properties. Great for circulation (which is probably why the French have great cardiovascular health).
Citrus Extract-Great for circulation and is anti-inflammatory
Pycnogenol- Awesome free radical fighter! Here are some things it does for you:
*Increases substances to make your skin look better. So the things like collagen that are in your skin get a little boost.
*Helps with cognitive function which is great for people with ADD! This helps you focus because it is an anti-inflammatory and helps fight oxidation.
*Regulator for brain functions so it helps with irritability and anxiety caused by less than optimal brain functionality
*Heart Attack Vitctims-(that survive) get a lot of pharmaceuticals that have negative side effects. Pycnogenol reduces the side effects of these drugs.
*Improves endothelial cell health. People that have weight issues need help in this area more than most b/c of the effect the extra fat has on endothelial cells.
*Improves blood flow, circulation, because it removes the free radicals from the blood.
*Inhibits the production of MMP enzymes that cause dengeneration in cartilage collagen
*Helps decrease inflammation throughout the body
*Mine is in isotonic form so it gets absorbed in less than 5 minutes and does not have limitations on its bioavailability.
*I would offer alternatives but I haven't come across another one that has been proven to be isotonic in tests and/or have any quality near this one. I will be sure to give you options when I feel right about recommending them. This is the one a few of my friends have used to stop getting allergy shots.