Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies
By Kayla Ehrenberger, PharmD Candidate
Allergies are a very common condition that can be extremely debilitating. According to the CDC, nearly 1 in 3 adults in the US report having a seasonal allergy. These types of allergies are most common in the warmer months due to the high levels of pollen production. People tend to spend more time outdoors during this time as well, increasing their risk of exposure to allergens.
What are allergies?
Allergies occur due to our bodies natural defense mechanisms. When an allergen, such as pollen, enters our body, our cells target it as an invader and do everything they can to get rid of the irritant. The cells that recognize the allergen trigger the release of histamine and other inflammatory mediators causing well-known and irritating symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and cough.
So, what can you do?
The most effective way to prevent allergies is to avoid the trigger, but this can be difficult. Staying indoors or wearing a mask while outdoors can potentially help reduce exposure to pollen, but there are also supplements that can help with managing allergies.
KC Pro-Nutrient’s pharmacists recommend these following supplements to aid in allergy support:
- Querca Max from KC Pro-Nutrients works to decrease the activity of antihistamine, thus reducing the risk of symptoms caused by the allergen. It contains bioflavonoids, micronutrients, proteolytic enzymes, and herbs in a comprehensive formula that provides multifaceted support for the immune system. Querca Max is our pharmacists’ #1 supplement recommendation for seasonal allergies.
- C + BioFlavinoids from KC Pro-Nutrients is a blend consisting of vitamin C and a bioflavonoid complex. Bioflavonoids are immune system modulators that have natural antihistamine properties and aid in decreasing inflammation. Vitamin C is also a natural antihistamine to help decrease the body’s response to allergens. When combined, bioflavonoids increase absorption of vitamin C and work together to produce better effects.
- Vitamin D. KC Pro-Nutrients carries both liquid and capsule forms of this vitamin. Vitamin D has the ability to decrease inflammation and also prevent the release of chemicals that worsen allergy symptoms. Our pharmacists can help you decide which formulation will work best for you.
If you are interested in supplements to improve your allergy symptoms, contact us today. Our pharmacists are always happy to help.