By Chris Terrell, CSCS, ND, Merchandising Manager
Seasonal allergies are common during this time of year and can be very unpleasant. Also known as hay fever, seasonal allergies are caused by the body having an immune response to pollen that causes inflammation. Some of the common symptoms include congestion, dry cough, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes. However, there are some natural products that can be beneficial for assisting with seasonal allergies.
Nettle has been studied for its antihistamine benefits in regards to seasonal allergies and has anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties. Research has shown that freeze dried nettles are the most effective preparation for combating seasonal allergy issues. Nettle may also be used as a diuretic and expectorant.
Butterbur has been studied for many different health benefits ranging from migraines to incontinence, but a majority of its research has been on its positive benefits for seasonal allergies. Butterbur has anti-inflammatory properties and inhibits the release of inflammatory mediators. In one study, butterbur was shown to be as effective as pharmaceuticals, but with none of the side effects. Butterbur has traditionally been used for coughs and respiratory problems.
Quercitin is another supplement with anti-inflammatory properties. It is a flavonoid compound derived from rutin, a bioflavonoid found in citrus. In one study, quercetin was shown to inhibit histamine release.
Bromelain has traditionally been used to assist with digestion, but more recently it was been used to help with allergy related issues. It has been shown to be a beneficial mucolytic agent as well as having anti-inflammatory properties. If you are allergic to pineapple, please be cautious of avoid taking this product.
There’s no reason to suffer through the pollen. All of these products are available at New Leaf Market and our staff is happy to help you find the right product for you. Please consult your physician before combining supplements with prescription drugs.