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Effective, Natural Hay Fever Relief for the Worst Allergy Season in Decades

The long winter and the late start to spring have resulted in the highest pollen counts in decades. These extraordinarily high levels of pollen are now wreaking havoc on hay fever sufferers throughout the UK, with urban area residents suffering the most.[1]

Antihistamines are the conventional treatment for managing hay fever symptoms, such as sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose. Seasonal allergy symptoms are the result of immunoglobulin E antibodies (IgE) detecting the pollen ‘antigens’ and activating mast cells and T helper cells (specifically type 2 or Th2 cells) [2] which is known as a histamine response. Antihistamine drugs focus on reducing the immune response to harmless pollen particles and eliminating the aggravating symptoms of hay fever.

There are natural alternatives to antihistamine drugs, which are often full of chemicals and may only offer a short-term solution for allergies. Various nutrients, which have antihistamine actions in the body, include Vitamin C [3] and Quercetin [4]. Cherries and dark berries, such as elderberries, have high concentrates of both vitamin C and quercetin. Other types of phytonutrients provide anti-histamine benefits as well. For example, oleic acid and cyclo octasulfur compounds are potent natural anti-histamines and are both found in reishi mushrooms. [5]

Lifestyle practices are helpful in reducing hay fever symptoms.  A few strategies include:

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Bee Prepared Daily Defence can help guard against the symptoms of Hay Fever
  • Closing windows at night and in early mornings when the pollen counts are high.
  • Using barrier methods such as balms to block pollen from around the nose.
  • Boosting immunity via diet or supplementation.
  • Using a nettie pot to clear nasal passages.

Finally, for long term management and to help prevent severity of seasonal allergies, it is best to start addressing immune imbalances months before the onset of allergy symptoms, if not year round. A great ingredient which helps support immune function and modulation is bee propolis.

Bee propolis, a resin which bees collect from buds of plants & trees, contains a broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients and is high in phenolic compounds, potent antioxidant substances which have anti-inflammatory properties [6]. Propolis has been found to effectively modulate the immune system without over stimulating it [7] and is a great natural remedy for hay fever.

Quality supplementation is key to help relieve allergy symptoms naturally. An effective combination for immune modulation and antihistamine supplementation would be Bee Prepared Immune Support Max Strength. Bee Prepared Max Strength contains therapeutic doses of bee propolis extract, elderberry extract and reishi mushroom extract and is a high quality source of natural antihistamine and immune supporting agents to help aid in the prevention and treatment of hay fever, naturally. The Bee Prepared Daily Defence is also helpful for helping manage seasonal allergies.

Why not try to manage your allergies the natural way this season? The combination of the above actions may be helpful in supporting long-term treatment for hay fever. Seasonal allergies can be managed naturally with quality foods, supplements as well as lifestyle changes.

References

1.  Dillner, L., 2013. Hay fever remedies: how to prepare for the worst season in decades. The Guardian, [online](Last updated 14:45 on 28th April 2013) Available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/apr/28/hay-fever-remedies-worst-season-decades [Accessed on 30 May 2013]

2.  Nauta, AJ., et al. 2008. Mechanism of allergy and asthma. European Journal of Pharmacology. May, 13:585(2-3), pp.354-60.

3.  Johnston, CS., Martin LJ, Cai, X., 1992. Anti Histamine effect of supplemental ascorbic acid and neutrophil chemotaxis. Journal of American Nutrition, Apr 11(2), pp. 172 – 6.

4.  Schwartz, A., Sutton, S.L., Middleton E., 1982. Quercetin inhibition of the induction and function of cytotoxic T lymphocytes. Immunopharmacology. April 4(2), pp.125-38.

5.  Trigos, A., Medellin, JS., 2011. Biologically active metabolites of genus Ganoderma: Three decades of myco-chemistry research. Revista Mexicana De Micologica, 34, pp. 63-83.

6.  Sulaiman, GM, et al., 2011. Chemical characterization of Iraqi propolis samples and assessing their antioxidant potentials. Food and Chemical Toxicology, an international journal published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association. September,49(9), pp.2415-21.

7. Bachiega, TF, et al., 2012. The effects of propolis and its isolated compounds on cytokine production by murine macrophages. Phytotherapy Research. September, 26(9), pp. 1308-13.

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Treating and Managing Hay Fever With Natural Products

Seasonal allergies affect millions of people in the UK each year with aggravating symptoms such as sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, running nose and itchy skin. These hay fever symptoms are the result of the immune system’s reaction to harmless pollen particles in the same way it would respond to harmful antigens. In this immune response, immunoglobulin E antibodies (IgE) detect the pollen ‘antigens’ and activate mast cells and T helper cells (specifically type 2 or Th2 cells). The increase of Th2 cells and the mast cell histamine release in the mucosa and peripheral blood result in inflammation, hay fever symptoms and atopic conditions.

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UnBEElievable Bee Products including MAX Strength and DAILY Defence contain many of the ingredients that helps to support you in the Hay Fever season

Conventionally, hay fever is managed by using anti­-histamine drugs to reduce symptoms. However, a more holistic and curative approach to treating hay fever is to modulate the immune system, reduce the histamine response and to focus on reducing inflammation. Certain nutrients and natural remedies can be helpful in achieving these therapeutic goals and in creating a long term, effective treatment for hay fever and other atopic conditions.

Elderberry has been used medicinally for centuries in the UK and in Europe. Elderberry is widely known for its effective use in treating viral infections. Elderberry is also rich in Vitamin C and the bioflavonoid quercetin, both of which are powerful antioxidant and anti-histamine nutrients. These actions can help to reduce mast cell histamine response and reduce mucosa inflammation. Recent clinical studies have found elderberry effective at treating allergic sinusitis and rhinitis.

Reishi mushroom has been used historically as an immune tonic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Scientific researchers in the western world are now beginning to understand the active constituents that are responsible for the mushroom’s immune supporting actions. Reishi contains the bioflavonoid triterpene which inhibits histamine release. It also contains oleic acid and cyclooctasulphur compound which have antihistamine actions. In addition to these anti-­-allergic actions, reishi contains antioxidant and anti-­inflammatory phytonutrients which may be helpful in reducing hay fever symptoms.

Astaxanthin is a carotenoid found naturally in algae. Studies have shown that astaxanthin is effective in modulating the immune system, specifically siting its role in balancing the Th1 and Th2 cells. By rebalancing these T helper cells, astaxanthin aids in reducing the hypersensitivity to pollen allergens. Astaxanthin is also a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrient. These actions may help to reduce the symptoms related to the inflammation of the mucosa.

Bee propolis contains a broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. It also has significant immunomodulating and anti-­inflammatory actions. Propolis is one of nature’s most potent anti-­oxidant substances, exceeding Vitamin E in anti-­oxidant actions. Propolis also has been found to effectively modulate the immune system without over stimulating it. The combination of these actions may be helpful in creating a long term treatment for hay fever.

Written by Erin McCann NT mBANT from UnBEElieveable Health and Being-Balanced

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