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Natural Solutions             May 2006

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Nutri Centre’s Q & A section 

Suppliers of complementary medicine, Nutri Centre (now offering their range of products in a number of larger Tesco stores), are providing laterlife visitors with the opportunity to ask questions on health issues.  

The Q & As are produced by Jo Rawlinson in conjunction with the Nutri Centre. Jo is a trained complementary health practitioner who regularly works with and writes on behalf of the Nutri Centre.

Make peace with pollen

Q: I suffer from hay fever. Can you suggest a natural remedy that would help?


A: You are in good company – it’s recognised as the most common form of allergy, now affecting up to 25% of the population. Allergic rhinitis (hay fever) is the generic term for air-borne allergies that make summer a misery for so many people. They are derived from three main sources - grass pollen, weed and flower pollen and mould spores. Mould spores can be found in compost piles, cut grass, wooded areas, fallen leaves, soil, debris and other moist surfaces.

On inhalation, a response is prompted from the body - the release of histamine to flush away the invading pollen. Symptoms to look out for are a stuffy or runny nose with either congestion or clear drainage, sneezing, itchy eyes, sore throat, throat clearing, and a cough that may be worse at night and in the morning.
Symptoms can vary from month to month, depending on which plants you are allergic to. From March to May, it’s likely to be hazel, elder and birch pollen; April and May - plane tree pollen; June to August – grass pollens and August to October – mould and fungal spores as the damp weather arrives.

You can minimise exposure to allergens by taking some simple measures;

  • Keep windows closed in the car and home to avoid exposure to pollens, especially on days of medium/high level pollen forecasts.

  • Limit outdoor activities when pollen counts are highest (early morning for spring time tree pollens, afternoon and early evening for summer grasses).

  • Don’t hang clothes outside to dry, use a dryer or hang them inside instead.

  • A daily bath at bedtime may help to wash off allergens and prevent nighttime allergy problems.

  • Keep off freshly mowed lawns.

  • Keep pets (they can track pollen inside) outside. Certainly, keep them out of bedrooms.

  • Change clothes after being outside.

There are many products available to ease allergy symptoms including nasal sprays and antihistamines, although some people can react negatively to the latter. Good nutrition, as always, is your best defence and will help to make your immune system stronger so that the body can more easily deal with what it perceives as invaders (in this case, pollen).

The easiest way to strengthen the immune system is to eat plenty of antioxidant-rich foodstuffs - beans, green leafy vegetables, and fruits – in particular, blueberries, cranberries and blackberries. Pomegranate has recently been hailed an antioxidant superfood and can be bought in a convenient drink formulation. Nuts are valuable too, especially pecans, walnuts and hazelnuts.

Antioxidants are believed to prevent and repair oxidative stress – the process within the body that damages cells and has been linked to the development of illnesses and disease, including many major ones.You could supplement with an antioxidant formula

There are also a number of useful herbs and supplements available to both prevent and alleviate symptoms. Allerplex is useful during the pollen season. It is rich in many vitamins, minerals and plant extracts to support the immune system, including zinc and magnesium, anti-inflammatory liquorice and antioxidant vitamins A, C and grapeseed extract.

To manage symptoms, you might try Antifect tablets. A best-selling herbal remedy, antifect helps remedy catarrh, rhinitis and nasal congestion. It’s a solution of mineral salts from the Dead Sea and helps to sustain the natural function of the nose.

Recommended products:

  • Antifect tablets by Potters             -   ?7.75 for 100 capsules

  • Allerplex Allergy Defense by Kudos   -   ?11.42 for 60 capsules

If you would like to ask a question, please send an email to   

* Please note questions cannot be answered personally but will be selected for inclusion in future editions of 'Natural Solutions'

The information above is provided by the Nutri Centre. Laterlife cannot endorse any information presented and recommends that you consult your doctor if in doubt about any medication or health-related matter.



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