Hayfever can affect up to one in four of us in the UK. Most sufferers – a whopping 95% are allegeric to grass pllen, with 25% also allergic to tree pollen.
The hayfever season typically runs from March to September, so if you haven’t expereinced
The common symptoms such as sneezing, itchy eyes and runny nose unfortunately there is still time yet.
While many people take anti histamines to prevent allergic reactions, did you know that there is a more natural way?
Have you heard of pycnogenol?
In the case of hay fever, prevention is better than cure and Bio Pycnogenol has emerged as a natural remedy to protect against allergic conditions.
Pycnogenol is a natural plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities which benefit hay fever sufferers. Who would have thought that a solution to hay fever could come from nature itself?
A clinical study (1) has shown that pycnogenol is most effective when taken at least 5 weeks before the start of the hay fever season. Patients with an allergy to birch pollen were treated with pycnogenol (50mg twice daily) and only 12% needed conventional anti- histamine drugs during the study. This compares to 50% of those not taking pycnogenol.
Or what about beta-glucans?
Beta-glucans can be taken throughout the hay fever season to help reduce symptoms. Beta 1,3/1, 6 glucans are naturally occurring in complex sugars obtained from yeasts and fungi. They help to reduce the allergenic response of the immune system, while retaining the ability to identify and destroy infections organisms. We would recommend Pharma Nord’s Bio Glucan Plus 60 tablets at a cost of £19.95.
Other top tips to relieve symptons:
- Try to reduce your stress levels. Research has shown a link between stress and the serverity of hay fever symptoms. Alost seven out of ten stressed hay fever sufferes rate their symptoms as unbearable or debilitating.
- Take regular exercise. Research has shown that people with hay fever who exercise have the mildest symptoms. Exercise will also help to reduce your stress levesl too. Aim to do at least 2 hour of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, eg cycling, fast walking ever week.
- Eat well. People with hay fever who eat a healty diest are less likely to get severe symptons. Eat a varied, balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables.
- Alcohol. Try to reduce your alcohol intake during the hayfever season. It can make you more sensate to pollen and alcohol also dehydrates you, making symptoms seem worse.
- Sleep well. People with hayfever who get a good night’ sleep tend to have the mildest symptoms.
- Limit your exposure to pollen. Keep windows shut at ngiht and first thing in the morning, staying indoors when the pollen count is high and wearing wraparound sunglasses. Wash your hands and face regularly.
- Vaseline. Smear the inside of your nostrils with Vaseline or equivalent to form a barrier to prevent pollen from adhering to the nasal lining.
References: 1. Wilson D et al 2010 A randomised double blind, placebo controlled exploratory study to evaluate the potential of Pycnogel for improving allergic rhinitis symptoms. Phytother.Res; 24(8):1115-1119.