In addition to avoiding certain foods, and incorporating the foods mentioned above, allergy sufferers can benefit from the addition of high-quality natural supplements. It’s best to start supplements 30–60 days in advance of allergy symptoms for the best results.

Recent research shows that spirulina, butterbur and phototherapy hold promise in treating the symptoms of seasonal allergies. 

Spirulina — 1 teaspoon per day: Spirulina is one of the most researched supplements, and the results are promising. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, spirulina stops the release of histamine that causes symptoms.

The consumption of spirulina has been proven to significantly improve symptoms including nasal discharge, sneezing, nasal congestion and itching in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study.

Quercetin – 1000 milligrams per day: Research shows that quercetin, the flavonoid that gives fruits and vegetables their rich color, stops the production and release of histamine.  Please note that quercetin may interfere with certain medications including antibiotics, cyclosporine and other medications changed by the liver.

Butterbur — 500 milligrams per day: Butterbur has traditionally been used to treat bronchitis, excess mucus and asthma. However, in a recent study of hay fever sufferers, it was found to be as effective as Zyrtec/Allegra.  However, young children, pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take butterbur supplements.

Probiotics – 50 billion IU (2–6 capsules) per day: Probiotics modify the intestinal flora in the gut and help boost the immune system, plus it shows promise in the treatment and prevention of allergies. While studies in using probiotics are still in the early stages, another study from the European Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology support the findings that probiotics can be an effective allergy treatment. 

Vitamin A – 2,000 micrograms per day: Vitamin A boosts the immune system, fights inflammation and has antihistamine properties.

Bromelain – 1,000 milligrams per day: Bromelain the enzyme in pineapple helps to reduce swelling in the nose and sinuses, helping to relieve hay fever symptoms.

Zinc – 30 milligrams per day: Zinc helps to heal adrenal fatigue caused by chronic stress. As mentioned above, stress worsens the symptoms of seasonal allergies and helps to regulate how your body stores histamine.

Stinging Nettle – 300-500 milligrams twice per day: Stinging nettle contains antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce the body’s production of symptom causing histamine. If you are taking lithium, sedatives, Coumadin/Warfarin, medication for diabetes or high blood pressure, be aware that stinging nettle can cause adverse interactions with these medications.

Best Supplements for Allergy Symptoms

  1. Spirulina
  2. Quercetin
  3. Butterbur
  4. Probiotics
  5. Vitamin A
  6. Zinc
  7. Bromelain
  8. Stinging Nettles

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