If you have hay fever, it's because your immune system views harmless inhaled pollen or other allergens as dangerous substances invading your body. Yes, believe it or not it’s your body trying to protect you by making your eyes run, your nose drip and your skin itchy!
What happens is your system overreacts, flooding your bloodstream with chemicals like histamine and leukotrienes. This inflames the lining of your nasal passages, sinuses and eyelids causing the reactions that can make you feel so miserable!
This sets in motion other symptoms associated with hay fever, such as sneezing.
It may also be referred to by your doctor as allergic rhinitis and is most likely to strike when pollen ramps up in the spring and summer months.
If I could take one vitamin to help what would it be?
This well-known immune boosting Vitamin is a known natural antihistamine and can be found in oranges, lemons and grapefruit. Also present are bioflavonoids, which have powerful anti-allergy effects.
The combination of vitamin C and bioflavonoids together provide a natural decongestant and antihistamine for sufferers and help alleviate symptoms.
Vitamin C acts as a natural antihistamine and as our bodies can’t make or store vitamin C, you need to make sure you are getting enough consistent doses to support your body, especially during the rife seasons.
Oranges, red peppers, strawberries, blackcurrants, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, potatoes are all a good source of vitamin C or you can take a supplement where you will need around 1,000mg of vitamin C a day.