Following on from last weeks tip on foods that can make hay fever worse, I thought I would share 5 supplements that can help ease the symptoms too. Getting your nutrients through your diet is always the best option, but sometimes we need higher amounts that are not possible through diet or the specific food isn’t available or too costly to eat large quantities of…..thats where supplements come in.
  • Quercetin - Quercetin is a natural antihistamine and fights inflammation. It can be found in foods, but taking it in supplement form is preferred as you will get a higher dosage this way.
  • Bromelain - Bromelain is a digestive enzyme found in pineapple and is used to treat allergies. It is also effective in treating sinus inflammation.
  • Vitamin C - Boosts the immune system and acts as an antioxidant. It works together with quercetin, fighting free radicals, inflammation and allergic reactions.
  • MSM - MSM is an organic sulphur compound found in nature - studies have shown it to reduce the symptoms of hay fever. 
  • Curcumin - Curcumin the phytochemical found in turmeric acts as an anti-inflammatory and helps reduce the release of histamine in the body.
I always recommend speaking to your Doctor first, especially if you are on any other medications.