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Known as an adap­to­gen— an herb that pro­tects the body from phys­i­cal and emo­tional stress— as­tra­galus is tra­di­tion­ally used in Chi­nese medicine to treat al­ler­gies by sup­port­ing the im­mune sys­tem. In one study, an as­tra­galus sup­ple­ment sig­nifi cantly de­creased the in­ten­sity of al­lergy symp­toms, es­pe­cially in weed pollen al­lergy. Other stud­ies have found that as­tra­galus ap­pears to work by mod­u­lat­ing the im­mune re­sponse to al­ler­gens, and by re­duc­ing air­way infl am­ma­tion.


Made from a shrub na­tive to Europe and parts of Asia and North Amer­ica, butterbur is tra­di­tion­ally used for a va­ri­ety of health is­sues, in­clud­ing mi­graines, gen­eral pain, cough, colds, and fever. It’s also very eff ec­tive in treat­ing al­ler­gies. In one study, butterbur was just as eff ec­tive as an over- the- counter an­ti­his­tamine for re­duc­ing al­lergy symp­toms. Butterbur is es­pe­cially help­ful in im­prov­ing air­flow through the nose by in­hibit­ing the ac­tiv­ity of leukotriene, which causes con­stric­tion of the air­ways. Choose “PA- free” butterbur sup­ple­ments. They’re free of com­pounds called pyrrolizidine al­ka­loids, which can dam­age the liver.


Ben­e­fi­cial bac­te­ria are a safe, eff ec­tive way to ward off hay fever and other air­borne al­ler­gies. They work by fi ght­ing harm­ful pathogens in the gut and sup­port­ing the im­mune sys­tem, less­en­ing the chance of an ad­verse re­sponse to pollen or other al­ler­gens. Stud­ies show pro­bi­otics im­prove nasal symp­toms and over­all qual­ity of life in peo­ple with al­ler­gies, and some research sug­gests that women should take pro­bi­otics dur­ing preg­nancy and breast­feed­ing if the child is at high risk of de­vel­op­ing al­ler­gies ( based on hered­i­tary fac­tors).

4 Sting­ing net­tle

The roots and leaves of the peren­nial flow­er­ing plant sting­ing net­tle have been tra­di­tion­ally used for thou­sands of years to treat symp­toms of al­ler­gies and other ail­ments. Mod­ern stud­ies show that ex­tracts of sting­ing net­tle can re­duce sneez­ing, itch­ing, and wa­tery eyes in peo­ple with hay fever, and can be more eff ec­tive than over- the- counter al­lergy med­i­ca­tions. Net­tles work in much the same way as over- the- counter an­ti­his­tamines, by block­ing the body's nat­u­ral abil­ity to pro­duce his­tamine.

5 Vi­ta­min C

This po­tent, im­mune­boost­ing an­tiox­i­dant also has an­ti­his­tamine prop­er­ties, and can re­duce symp­toms of sea­sonal al­ler­gies. In one study, chil­dren with in­creased vi­ta­min C con­sump­tion had fewer symp­toms of al­ler­gic rhini­tis. Other stud­ies sug­gest that vi­ta­min C sup­ple­ments work by block­ing the body’s pro­duc­tion of his­tamine, the com­pound that trig­gers al­ler­gic reactions.


An an­tiox­i­dant found in ap­ples, tea, onions, red wine, and grape­fruit, quercetin helps pre­vent mast cells from re­leas­ing his­tamines, and re­duces the body’s infl am­ma­tory re­sponse. In one study, peo­ple who took a quercetin com­bi­na­tion sup­ple­ment showed a 70 per­cent re­duc­tion in sneez­ing, stuff y nose, itchy eyes, and other al­lergy symp­toms. Other stud­ies have noted sig­nifi cant anti- infl am­ma­tory eff ects of quercetin.


This blue- green alga is well known for its im­mune- sup­port­ive ac­tions, and re­cent stud­ies show that it’s highly eff ec­tive in less­en­ing al­lergy symp­toms. In one study of peo­ple with air­borne al­ler­gies, spir­ulina sig­nifi cantly re­duced runny nose, sneez­ing, nasal con­ges­tion, and itch­ing. Ad­di­tion­ally, spir­ulina seems to re­duce lev­els of his­tamines and cy­tokines, small pro­teins in­volved in the im­mune re­sponse.

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