At this time of year, many of us suffer with hay fever symptoms. Flowers and trees are in bloom, the grass needs cutting, and as a result the pollen count starts to rise. Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen, usually when it comes into contact with your eyes, nose or mouth. It can cause sneezing and coughing, itchiness, red or watery eyes, headaches, earache, and tiredness.
While there isn’t a cure for hay fever, some ingredients and nutrients can help to alleviate the symptoms. Here’s a quick guide to some of the foods and supplements that can help with hay fever and other allergies.
Alleviating symptoms with food choices
- Oranges, lemons, strawberries, and broccoli all contain vitamin C which is a natural antihistamine and can help to lower your histamine levels
- Carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach and kale can all help your body to absorb vitamin A which helps to keep your mucus membranes healthy, and also boost your immune system
- Onions and garlic provide quercetin which is known to fight allergies as a natural antihistamine with powerful anti-inflammatory properties
- Pineapples contain bromelain which can help to relieve the nasal and sinus congestion caused by hay fever
- Turmeric contains curcumin which is an anti-inflammatory ingredient that can help reduce the swelling and irritation caused by hay fever.
Supplements that can help relieve symptoms
Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric, which acts as an anti-inflammatory that can help to strengthen the immune system.