How Vitamin C Helps with Seasonal Allergies

Spring is well-known for its ability to roil up the allergy misery for seasonal sufferers. But outdoor allergy problems can and do occur all year long. It just depends on what you’re allergic to.

What are Seasonal Allergies?

Seasonal allergies occur when there is an overreaction of the immune system to a foreign substance called an allergen. This immune response involves the release of histamine into your bloodstream which prompts the onslaught of allergy symptoms. The classic symptoms of seasonal allergies include sneezing, itchy eyes, asthma, nasal congestion, and a runny nose.

Vitamin C: The Natural Antihistamine

Antihistamine therapy does not work for everyone; it can leave you feeling dry and tired. Other side effects include difficulty with urination and irritability. Vitamin C is a welcomed alternative. In fact, it is essential that you eat foods rich in Vitamin C as your body doesn’t make it on its own. A potent antioxidant, vitamin C protects your cells from damage, reduces the severity of allergic reactions and helps your body to fight infections. When taken during allergy season, vitamin C can slow down the overreaction of your body to environmental triggers by decreasing your body’s histamine production.

If you’re thinking that Vitamin C is pretty much confined to citrus fruits and juices, you’re in for a big and pleasant surprise. These are also foods rich in Vitamin C:

  • Chili peppers
  • Guavas
  • Sweet yellow peppers
  • Thyme
  • Parsley
  • Kale
  • Kiwis
  • Broccoli
  • And several others

How Much Vitamin C is Required?

According to the Healthline website, the minimum amount of Vitamin C to help bolster your immune system depends on age, sex, and other factors.

  • Kids 1 – 3, 15 mg
  • Adult women 19 and older, 65-75 mg
  • Adult men, 19 and older, 90 mg
  • Pregnant women 19 and older, 85 mg

However, and depending on the severity of your allergies, a dose between 500 to 5000 mg, divided during the day, may be required.

You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Vitamin C intake, as you can imagine, is one way to fight off allergy problems – it’s just not the only way. If you’re struggling to keep yours under control, or are suffering from asthma, come see the medical team at MedCare Express. Treating allergies and asthma is one of the many services we offer with TLC and dedication. Visit our walk-in center or call to schedule an appointment. We’re here 7 days a week.