To get the most out of your vitamin Ñ during hay fever season, take it with citrus bioflavonoids. Studies done on animals have shown that citrus bioflavonoids may favorably alter the body’s metabolism of vitamin C, raising the concentration of the nutrient in certain tissues and enhancing its availability to the body (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition).

Brian Leibovitz, a nutritional consultant in Portland, Oregon, has found citrus bioflavonoids to be the answer to many a hay fever victim’s prayers.

One hay fever sufferer in particular weathered every summer indoors, knowing that only the first frost would free him from his air conditioned prison, killing the ragweed that disabled him. Meanwhile, he took prescription antihistamines – eight a day. Yet he still suffered. Leibovitz recommended a nutritional programme that included six grams of citrus bioflavonoids a day. A few weeks later, during the height of hay fever season, the young man no longer required drugs to control his hay fever symptoms.

‘More than once, I’ve had hay fever patients who did not respond to vitamin Ñ recover when given citrus bioflavonoids,’ Leibovitz told us.

Dr Freyer also has found that vitamin Ñ works better when accompanied by B-complex vitamins, especially pantothenic acid.

‘I recommend 200 to 500 milligrams of pantothenic acid, plus another 50 milligrams of  complex,’ he says. ‘Sometimes, when a patient has impaired absorption – and many people with allergies do – I also give pancreatic enzymes. These help to break down the foods so vitamins can be absorbed better.’


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