If your Summer months are tainted by a blocked nose, itchy eyes and constant sneezing then it’s likely you’ve already tried multiple remedies to cure your hay fever at home.
However, did you know that alongside prescribed medication, there are vitamins and supplements out there that can help you to control your hay fever from the inside out?
Today we’re going to explore some of the key vitamins and supplements you can take to tackle your hay fever and seasonal allergy symptoms.
Probiotics have been proven to have a significant, positive effect on the symptoms of hay fever.
This study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition gave 173 hay fever sufferers either 2 capsules of probiotics providing 3 billion units of bacteria or identical placebos over a course of eight weeks during hay fever season.
At the end of the trial, those who had taken the probiotics had improved their symptoms by 68%, compared to the placebo group who reported only a 19% improvement.
Probiotics are widely available in supplement form but make sure you go for a trusted, quality brand.
Our Equilibrium Probiotic Ecosystem capsules contain a highly potent combination of researched probiotic microorganisms and 115 strains of live bacteria.
Take these on a daily basis and it’s likely you’ll start to see a noticeable difference in your symptoms.
2. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is by far the most important vitamin when it comes to tackling allergies as it’s essentially a natural antihistamine.
Vitamin C is vital when it comes to maintaining a healthy immune system as it has anti-inflammatory effects and works to calm allergic reactions.
However, to really get the most from the antihistamine benefits, you need to be consuming at least a gram of high-quality Vitamin C daily.
To put this into context, one orange contains around 53.2mg of vitamin C. Other foods that are high in Vitamin C include green peppers, strawberries, brussel sprouts, lemons, papaya and kale.
You will likely struggle to consume enough vitamin C in your diet to really get the most from its antihistamine effects. In this instance, consider taking a high-quality supplement in addition to your diet.
Vitamin C powder is an easy and cost-effective way to easily give your body more vitamin C.
Quercetin has been proven to be one of the most powerful flavonoids when it comes to supporting stable mast cells to promote inflammatory balance.
Flavonoids are a group of plant chemicals, however, they are also powerful antioxidants that have been proven to have immunity and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Mast cells are key when it comes to fighting allergies - they’re a type of white blood cell that forms part of your immune system.
When pollen gets onto your skin, mast cells are your body’s first line of defence against battling them as they prompt the release of histamine.
Quercetin is present in certain foods such as onions, apples, parsley and sage however it’s hard to get enough quercetin in your diet alone.
We would always recommend taking a daily supplement to really get the most from its anti-allergy benefits.
Our quercetin supplements are incredibly useful for maintaining the proper levels of enzymes and physiologic factors necessary for normal respiratory and sinus health and to help support seasonal respiratory challenges.
4. Vitamin D
Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to allergies such as asthma and hay fever. People often forget that vitamin D is a hormone with immunity regulating effects.
If you suffer from hay fever and in the summer months you try to limit your time outdoors to lessen your symptoms, this puts you at particular risk of suffering from low levels of vitamin D.
Foods that are high in vitamin D include oily fish, red meat, eggs and fortified foods such as cereal.
The balance of bacteria in your gut has been shown to help improve levels of vitamin D in the body, so if you take a probiotic supplement to help with your hay fever, this will have a positive knock-on effect.
Adults need around 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day. A portion of oily fish like salmon contains 28 micrograms of vitamin D, however, you might want to consider topping up your levels with a vitamin D supplement on days where you’re not eating foods that are rich in it.
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The vitamins and supplements mentioned in this blog post are backed by science and together, they should have a noticeably positive effect on your hay fever symptoms.
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