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Allergy Season getting to you! Here are 3 supplements to give you some relief

With the onset of spring, the better weather and blooming flowers are a welcome sight to many people. But to those that suffer from allergies, spring can be the worst time of year as those beautiful blooms can mean significant flare-ups of their allergy s

2021-05-30 22:05:54

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With the onset of spring, the better weather and blooming flowers are a welcome sight to many people. But to those that suffer from allergies, spring can be the worst time of year as those beautiful blooms can mean significant flare-ups of their allergy symptoms. Allergic rhinitis is a common condition that affects 20-30% of the adult population and 40% of children all over the world (1). The most commonly experienced symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, congestion and itchy eyes and nose. While seasonal allergies are not considered a serious disease they do impact quality of life and increase absenteeism form school and work, lead to poor cognitive performance and increase health care costs. Most pharmaceutical options can help with symptoms but won’t help at the root cause level leaving you reliant on taking these drugs on a regular basis(1). Given that they also have some unwanted side effects you may want to consider some natural supplements that can help you manage and decrease your allergic symptoms. 

Here are three options that have shown to help those suffering from seasonal allergies.

 

Vitamin C

Studies have shown that people who suffer from allergies tend to produce a greater number of reactive oxygen species (ROS) from the cells that line their respiratory tract. This results in greater levels on inflammation in these areas, which is partly responsible for allergic symptoms like congestion. Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that can help to buffer the ROS, which can reduce the inflammation and mucus secretions in the respiratory tract and help reduce the severity of symptoms.  Studies have shown that an increased intake of vitamin C can reduce nasal congestion, inflammation and mucus production(1). 

 

Quercetin

Quercetin is a plant compound that is found in a variety of fruits, vegetables, seeds and grains. Red onion, kale, tomatoes and honey are just a few examples of foods that contain varying amounts of the compound.  Supplementation with quercetin has been used for their various health benefits as it has both anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties. It can inhibit the release of histamine and other chemicals in the body involved in the allergic response (1). Isoquercetin is a type of quercetin that may have better bioavailability in the body so you may want to consider this form when looking at supplements. Combining quercetin with vitamin D may also provide even better results(2). 

 

Probiotics

Several strains of probiotics have shown beneficial outcomes in individuals that suffer from allergic rhinitis. Probiotics are believed to stimulate and balance the immune system through the binding of several types of cells in the gut. By helping to balance the immune response, probiotics can help prevent the immune system from over reacting which is the case in those that experience allergies(3). When looking for a probiotic to help with you allergies be sure to find one that have several different strains such as Lactobacillus (L.) plantarum, L. salivarius, L. paracasei, Bifidobactrium longum and Bifidobactrium lactis as theses specific strains have good research for their effectiveness in reducing symptoms such as itchy eyes and congestion and reducing the need to antihistamine medications(1). 

 

1.         Pellow J, Nolte A, Temane A, Solomon EM. Health supplements for allergic rhinitis: A mixed-methods systematic review. Complement Ther Med. 2020 Jun;51:102425. 

2.         Marseglia G, Licari A, Ciprandi G. Complementary treatment of allergic rhinoconjunctivitis: the role of the nutraceutical Lertal®. Acta Bio Medica Atenei Parm. 2020;91(1):97–106. 

3.         Güvenç IA, Muluk NB, Mutlu FŞ, Eşki E, Altıntoprak N, Oktemer T, et al. Do Probiotics have a role in the Treatment of Allergic Rhinitis? A Comprehensive Systematic Review and Metaanalysis. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2016 Sep;30(5):e157–75. 


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