Your Hay Fever Prevention Kit

The onset of spring brings more than just sunshine. It is also the time for hayfever.

For some, this time of year can be an unpleasant combination of watery eyes, itchy nose and mouth, congested sinuses and sneezing.

Instead of automatically reaching for the antihistamine medication however, consider some of these nutrients as your defence against the dreaded hayfever.

Vitamin C

Well known for its immune enhancing properties, Vitamin C is also an effective antihistamine. It works by reducing the release of histamine from the white blood cells. Aim for 2g per day to have an effect.


Acting as an antioxidant, zinc reduces the intensity of hay fever symptoms by its effect on the mucous membranes. It stabilises the membrane structure so that it is less reactive. The recommended dose is 25mg daily.


The correct balance of intestinal microflora will protect us against allergies. Acting as our surveillance squad, probiotics will prevent irritating antigens from circulating throughout our intestinal mucosa.

A particular strain of probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG has indicated its effectiveness in reducing allergies as it suppresses our IgE production (antibodies produced against invaders).


Quercetin has demonstrated its ability to stabilise the mast cells and basophils thereby preventing histamine release. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory.


An enzyme extracted from pineapples, bromelain can effectively break down mucous production as well as reduce the severity of sinus complaints.


Perilla frutescens and Albizia lebbeck are your anti-allergic herbs. Both contain constituents that can influence our mast cells and prevent the release of histamine


Emed Comment

Get in early and boost your allergy defenses. Here are some products to keep handy in your Hay Fever Prevention Kit

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