Warmer weather, longer days and beautiful spring flowers are a welcome change after a lengthy winter. Unfortunately, for many people, spring means only one thing: allergies!
What are Seasonal Allergies?
Seasonal allergies — commonly known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis – typically occur during spring and summertime. The immune system overreacts to pollen, grass cuttings and other harmless particles, triggering an allergic reaction. Mast cells in the immune system release the inflammatory chemical histamine in an attempt to flush out these allergens. This causes a runny nose, uncontrollable sneezing, watery eyes, itching, a post-nasal drip, headaches and fatigue.
The symptoms are downright debilitating, and the constant hyperactive immune response is exhausting. When your immune system is busy fighting off harmless allergens 24/7, it becomes rundown and may make you more susceptible to infections.
We have 5 natural supplements to balance your immune system for a life free from irritating allergies – without side-effects!
Vitamin C may be one of the most famous immune nutrients on the planet. It's also a natural antihistamine, helping to dampen a hyperactive immune system and relieve troublesome allergies (1). This water-soluble vitamin isn't made or stored in the body and must be replenished daily. Plus, if you have allergies, your immune system is working overtime and depleting your vitamin C stores. That's why this amazing nutrient is number 1 on our list!
We developed C-Logic, a micronized, ultra-fine powder that provides 1000mg of Vitamin C per serving. If you dread springtime because of allergies, C-Logic may change your life!
Bonus tip: We also recommend C-500 + Elderberry — a potent vitamin C supplement that's paired with immune-supportive elderberry extract to help relieve seasonal allergies.
MD Logic Health has a powerful natural immune supplement with impressive benefits for those with allergies! Immuno-Logic contains Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Zinc, Selenium, Bee Propolis, Quercetin, Garlic Extract, Echinacea and Olive Leaf Extract to make sure your immune system is functioning well.
Quercetin is a potent antioxidant that suppresses the release of histamine by stabilizing mast cells. It’s one of the most effective natural compounds for soothing a runny nose and itchy eyes (4)! Vitamin D3 is another important immune-supportive nutrient, low levels of which are associated with allergic rhinitis (5).
Did you know your gastrointestinal tract is home to trillions of beneficial bacteria? It's true! These "friendly" probiotic bacteria regulate inflammation, support normal immune function, and may help to fight allergies – which makes sense considering roughly 70% of your immune system is found in the gut.
A 2015 systematic review study found that supplementing with probiotics improves symptoms (and quality of life in general) in those suffering from allergic rhinitis (6). The Bifidobacterium lactis strain, in particular, has been shown to reduce reactions in those with an allergy to grass pollen (7).
Dr's Choice Probiotic from MD Logic Health is a powerful immune system modulator. It contains 30 billion live probiotic bacteria per capsule as well as a natural prebiotic fiber.
MD Logic Health's Pycnogenol is a patented blend of antioxidant bioflavonoids, extracted from the French maritime pine bark extract. This lesser-known supplement is a potent immune-modulator that offers relief from seasonal allergies when taken over the long-term.
A study published in Phytotherapy Research found that taking Pycnogenol 5-8 weeks before spring allergy season significantly reduced immune activation and improved itchy eyes and nasal symptoms (8). Interestingly, those who took Pycnogenol 7-8 prior to allergy season saw the best results.
Many allergy sufferers think they simply have to grin and bear their symptoms while closing windows, avoiding the outdoors and feeling drowsy due to chronic antihistamine use. But that's not true!
With the help of the supplements mentioned in this article, you'll soon be enjoying springtime, instead of dreading it.