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More than half of Europeans suffer from allergies. So if you sneeze, cough and have watery eyes, you are not alone. There are a lot of other people like you. We can’t eradicate allergies with a magic wand, but there are various ways to reduce their symptoms, including through natural means. The market offers a great diversity of dietary supplements which you can take to fight allergies. We offer you a list of some of the best working supplements. We recommend you to consult your physician before taking anything, because he/she will know best what to recommend you.

Astragalus

A traditional Chinese herb which alleviates the symptoms of allergies. Furthermore, taking it will strengthen your immune system. It has been proven that astragalus can reduce the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

Butterbur

The butterbur herb (Petasites hybridus) will also alleviate your seasonal allergy symptoms. It has been proven to have an especially good effect in treating hay fever. 100 mg a day of this herbal extract can improve nasal airflow. This is due to the ability of the butterbur to reduce leukotriene – a compound which initiates a number of allergic reactions. In a Swiss study butterbur showed results comparable to the effect of antihistamine in the alleviation of allergy symptoms.

Evening primrose oil

The effect of this oil has two directions. First, allergic reactions cause various inflammations. The evening primrose oil has an anti-inflammatory effect and suppresses the reaction. Second, it stimulates white blood cells which regulate the production of antibodies. The evening primrose oil is very rich in gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and linolenic (alpha linolenic). Folk medicine has long known gamma linolenic acid as a means for treating allergies. It reduces symptoms such as watery eyes and sneezing. People who have allergies usually need additional intake of essential fatty acids and have problems transforming linoleic acid into gamma linolenic. Studies have established that women and children who are prone to allergies have lower levels of GLA.

Green tea

Drink at least one cup a day. Green tea provides epigallocatechin gallate. This is an antioxidant which blocks the production of histamine and immunoglobulin E, which in turn cause allergic reactions.

Probiotics

It has been proven that the increase of good bacteria levels in the body can hinder allergies. Probiotics strengthen the immune system and thus reduce allergic reactions.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Scientific studies have shown that fish oil alleviates hay fever. Furthermore, it has a positive effect on sinusitis and can reduce allergic skin rashes.

Quercetin

This flavonoid can be found in onions, apples and black tea. It has an anti-inflammatory effect. Furthermore, it has been proven that quercetin reduces the release of histamine, which in turn reduces allergy symptoms.

Scutellaria

This herb was traditionally used in Chinese medicine to treat hay fever. It has an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antihistaminic effect.

Spirulina

Studies have shown that these blue-green algae can stimulate the immune system and protect against allergic reactions.

Nettle

The roots and leaves of nettle have been used since ancient times to treat many conditions – joint pain, prostate problems, etc. Nettle tea can suppress allergy symptoms.

Vitamin C

This vitamin is maybe the most famous antioxidant. It also reduces the levels of histamine in the blood which can prevent the appearance of allergies. 2000 mg of vitamin C can reduce histamine levels by up to 40% and considerably improve breathing.

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