How do I know if I have spring allergies?
If you don’t already know whether you have spring allergies, one good indicator would be that you have a stuffy nose, scratchy throat or sneezing every spring (Schmitz R et al. 2017). These symptoms are as a result of our immune systems going into overdrive due to exposure to allergens.
Since the symptoms are very similar to asthma or a regular cold, you will have to undergo allergy testing with your primary care physician to confirm that you have a spring allergy and to identify the allergen(s) that you need to be wary of.
How can I deal with hay fever?
The best way to avoid getting affected in the first place, is to be pro-active. This includes taking your preferred allergy medication before the allergies hit. Your doctor can provide you options that include oral antihistamines, eye drops, nasal steroid sprays or hydrocortisone creams to treat the symptoms.
One could also take certain supplements to help relieve the symptoms of a spring allergy. However, as with any food supplement, please do not self-medicate. Consult your health practitioner as to the best supplement for you.
Is there a natural supplement to help me with my allergies?
Several food supplements containing natural extracts are recommended to treat spring fever. We have listed a few below.
Quercetin: Naturally anti-allergic
Known for its potent antioxidant properties, quercetin is also naturally anti-allergic (Jafarinia M et al. 2020). It inhibits the release of histamines, decreases pro-inflammatory cytokines, leukotrienes creation, and suppresses interleukin IL-4 production (Mlcek J et al. 2016). In fact, quercetin has been shown to be a better anti-allergy substance than an anti-allergic drug, disodium cromoglycate.
You can read our botanical supplements blog post for more information on quercetin.
Reishi mushrooms: Preventing pollen-induced allergic rhinitis
Botanically known as Ganoderma lucidum, Reishi mushrooms are also known as the lingzi mushroom (Examine.com). The mushroom is popular in traditional Eastern medicine as a powerful anti-oxidant and for its anti-inflammatory effects. It has been shown to be especially useful in preventing pollen-induced allergic rhinitis (Mizutani N et al. 2012).
Particularly, liposomal encapsulation of reishi mushrooms has been proven to increase its immunological effects (Liu Z et al. 2015).
Non-liposomal supplements using the powdered form of the whole mushroom are recommended up to a 5.2g daily dose (Examine.com). Daily dosage recommendations differ if the mushroom is extracted into water-soluble and water-insoluble forms.
Omega 3: Decreased risk of allergies
In our previous blog post, we recommended Omega-3 fatty acid supplements as a general health supplement for all seasons.
This is true of allergy season as well. A study of 568 Germans showed that omega-3 fatty acids in the diet is associated with a decreased risk of allergic sensitisation and allergic rhinitis (Hoff S et al. 2005). A similar study in a Japanese population corroborated the finding.
Contact us today to find out why our liposomal omega-3 supplements are recommended.
Vitamin supplements for spring fever
A review of several scientific studies found that vitamins C, D and E, are helpful in treating allergic rhinitis (Pellow J et al. 2020).
Vitamin C: Reduces allergy symptoms
Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is a key physiological antioxidant (Vollbracht C et al. 2018). It prevents excessive inflammation without reducing the defensive capacity of the immune system. Allergic diseases are, as a consequence, associated with reduced plasma levels of ascorbate (Vollbracht C et al. 2018).
Our liquid liposomal vitamin C formulation is 12-times more bioavailable than a non-liposomal supplement.
Contact our team today to find out how liposomal vitamin C can help you deal with pollen allergies.
Vitamin D: Protection minus the stuffy nose
We often associate vitamin D supplementation only with winter and a lack of sun exposure. In our winter supplement blog post, we even briefly explained the skin moisturizing and immune supportive properties of this vitamin.
But did you know that vitamin D is also beneficial in the spring? Vitamin D can help (Briceno Noriega D et al. 2021, Martineau AR et al. 2019)
- mount a tolerable immune response,
- enhance epithelial barrier function, and
- promote the defense mechanism against pathogens.
Supplementation with vitamin D can therefore help protect your body from those nasty allergens, minus the stuffy nose.
Vitamin E: Effective control
This fat-soluble antioxidant is found in higher concentration in immune cells compared to other cells in our blood (Lewis ED et al. 2019). Vitamin E is, therefore, one of the most effective nutrients known to modulate immune function.
In a mouse model of allergic rhinitis, vitamin E supplementation could control allergic mediators and the symptoms of rhinitis (Jiang J et al. 2021). Similar results were found in humans as well (Shams MH et al. 2021).
Are there any added benefits to PlantaCorp’s liposomal supplement formulations?
Sea buckthorn: Preservative with health benefits
Almost every component of our supplement formulations is derived from a natural source. We especially promote the use of sea buckthorn as a preservative for our formulations. But did you know that this sea buckthorn can also provide an additional anti-allergy benefit?
Sea buckthorn contains more than 190 nutrients including quercetin, provitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, as well as B complex vitamins (Sinus & Allergy Wellness Center). It also contains a large amount of superoxide dismutase (SOD), an enzyme that plays a critical part in maintaining respiratory health.
Sea buckthorn is therefore, ideal for people who suffer from allergic rhinitis and other breathing disorders.
Ginger: More than just a flavour option
We also offer ginger as one of our flavour options. Ginger, as you know, is very beneficial to our overall health. It works as a natural antihistamine, potent antiviral agent, and immune booster (Sinus & Allergy Wellness Center).
It is believed that just inhaling the steam coming from a cup of ginger-infused tea can help alleviate nasal congestion and headaches. Adding the ginger flavour to your liposomal anti-allergy supplement formulation could therefore also add to its benefit.
The economic impact of hay fever
In 2016, it was estimated that approximately 12.3 million adults in Germany alone, suffered from allergic rhinitis (hay fever) (Schmitz R et al. 2017). This results in a huge economic burden due to the inability of individuals to work optimally. Methods such as supplementation, that can improve the quality of life of affected individuals, can greatly help ease this burden.
Thus, there is a huge market potential for supplements that can treat the symptoms of spring allergies. Contact us today to find out how you can bring liquid liposomal spring allergy supplements into the market
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