Supportive Nutrients for Seasonal Allergies
June 01, 2023
It’s that time of year again… flowers, trees, and grasses start going crazy, and so do the runny nose and the itchy eyes! Did you know that seasonal allergies are getting worse and more intense? Studies have shown this is partly due to climate change. Warmer weather is starting earlier, which causes an increase in pollen.
For some, allergies can be a few annoying symptoms, but for others, these symptoms can be debilitating. There are several medications for allergies, but the side effects can be hard to tolerate for some. That’s where natural substances and certain nutrients are worth a try.
So what is your best natural defense against the symptoms of seasonal allergies? Here are a few that may provide support:
This plant flavonoid acts as a mast cell stabilizer to help block histamine release. Studies have shown it is effective and well tolerated but works better in prevention rather than treatment. Quercetin food sources include citrus fruits, apples, onions, and dark berries. Quercetin supplements are also available.
Studies have shown this vitamin is very effective in boosting the immune system and achieving optimal levels is especially beneficial for allergy sufferers. Everyone should know their vitamin D level and supplement if levels are deficient or suboptimal.
Probiotics support the immune system by increasing beneficial flora. A robust immune system is the best defense against allergies.
This vitamin is an antioxidant and a natural antihistamine. Studies have shown it acts differently than a medicinal antihistamine by reducing the amount of histamine you produce rather than blocking it. It can take a lot of vitamin C, so you should discuss this with your healthcare professional.
Stinging Nettle and Butterbur
These plants act as natural antihistamines. Stinging Nettle can help relieve allergy symptoms like headaches and allergic rhinitis. Butterbur is a marsh plant that can help with migraines and the nasal symptoms associated with allergies.
A mixture of enzymes found in the fruit and stem of pineapples, Bromelain helps reduce allergic inflammation. Bromelain is also available in supplement form, alone and combined with other supplements.
Contact FitLife today to learn how good nutrition can boost your immune system and help you fight seasonal allergies!
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