Nasal Congestion Relief
Nasal stuffiness or nasal congestion is a widespread complaint. Myself, I have suffered from this most of my adult life. I have even had my septum in my nose straightened to try and relieve it. I thought this would be a good topic to cover, especially with a growing incidence of this problem.
The most common causes of nose stuffiness is allergic rhinitis and chronic rhinosinusitis. I’m going to be talking about how you could improve your blocked stuffy nose without having to take decongestants or other more serious medication. So if you suffer from a constant blocked nose, sneezing, itchy or just all-round stuffiness, this article may be for you.
Allergic rhinitis is what I am going to be discussing. This is usually caused by the inhalation of pollen (so can be seasonal), dust and animal dander. So it’s not surprising when you see that incidents of this are on the rise with 1in5 in the UK, so many of us have these irritants in our household.
So over the years, I have looked for remedies that could help with my symptoms that didn’t involve taking antihistamines or decongestants (that if used regularly can cause nasal congestion to get worse). I do try and regularly hoover which helps but I have another irritant that lives with me. His name is Merlin, and he is my cat. Now, I love Merlin, and I don’t want to get rid of him. Therefore I started looking at research to see if there was something else I could do to alleviate my symptoms.
In my search I found a great supplement called Spirulina. There isn’t a huge amount of research regarding this supplement in the treatment for allergic rhinitis. Although, I did find a well designed study that looked into this. I’m not sure why there hasn’t been more research in this area, especially as it showed great promise. The research looked at 129 people who suffered with allergic rhinitis. It was a double-blind study. The researchers found ‘Spirulina is clinically effective on allergic rhinitis when compared with placebo’. So these people had reduced symptoms of nasal discharge, sneezing, nasal congestion and itching.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that seems to have some fantastic properties. I want to premise, I always want the Movement Project not to be a sensationalist outlet and try to stick to what we know through research. In saying this, looking at the research, this would be one of those exceptions. NASA is even considering it as a nutrient-rich source of sustenance for astronauts on space flights. Apart for nasal congestion relief other benefits of Spirulina are:
- Reduction in blood pressure.
- Can dramatically decrease LDL-C, triglycerides, and total cholesterol
- While raising HDL-C (good cholesterol)
(Studies listed on side)
Now you can take this supplement in two ways. One is in a powder form and the other is in a tablet form. I personally like the tablet form as its quick and easy and you cannot taste the spirulina. Apparently, it doesn’t taste nice. If you are you looking for a spirulina supplement to try the product I use. Just click the link here. I took a long time to research what I thought was a great product. This one packet can last you 5-6months and is only £12.99, I think this is great value.
I hope you found this article useful. Let me know how you get on if you decide to try this supplement. As always, this article is for educational purposes. If you have suffered from a running nose, stuffiness for a long time, see your doctor. It could be due to an underlying issue.
I have listed all the studies here if you want to do more reading on the aspects I’m going to discuss.
Here is our video on Nasal Congestion:
Movement Project © 2019