I’m not too bad when it comes to hay fever, however my partner gets it really bad. I’ve been testing so many supplements and herbal remedies on him to try and lessen the symptoms, but taking endless tablets per day can get a bit tedious. However, giving him a nice refreshing smoothie each morning seems to be doing the trick! It’s a great way to start the day, and is full of amazing ingredients that can help tackle hay fever, inflammation, overactive mucous membranes and so on. I hope you find this recipe a great help!
Ingredients (2 servings)
- 1 apple (Any type as long as red)
- 1 ring of pineapple
- 25ml of lemon juice (1 medium lemon)
- ½ tablespoon grated ginger
- 2 tablespoons of raw local honey
- 1 tablespoon of bee pollen
- ½ teaspoon of turmeric
- 2 tablespoons of soaked buckwheat
- 200ml of water
You will need to soak the buckwheat for at least 2 hours before using. I like to put some in a small bowl and soak overnight, ready for the morning when I make my smoothies.
When you’re ready, chop the apple and pineapple, and then grate the ginger. It’s very important that you leave the skin on the apples, as this is where most of the allergy fighting quercetin is found (see below). Add to your blender the chopped apple, pineapple and water, and blend for around 30 seconds. Then add all other ingredients and blend for 1-2 minutes, or until the mixture is completely smooth. Have one serving in the morning, the mixture will last 24-36 hours. I like to make two servings and have one straight away, and have one the next morning. Enjoy!
Quercetin – Quercetin is a flavonol type of flavonoid, found in plants that is known for its potent antioxidant activity. It has great anti-inflammatory effects that can help tackle symptoms like sneezing and sinus congestion of allergies such as hay fever, since it has the ability to stabilize cells, which release histamine and other inflammatory signals. Foods rich in quercetin include buckwheat, lemons, honey, bee pollen and apples. One ripe apple can contain around 50mg of quercitin. An important enzyme to have along side quercetin is bromelain, as this increases your body’s absorption and utilization of quercetin.
Bromelain – As well as aiding the absorption of quercetin, bromelain has its own anti-inflammatory properties that can help fight the symptoms of allgeries. The only source of bromelain at the moment is found in pineapples, making this ingredient a non-negotiable one.
Turmeric – This fantastic little spice has a very potent anti-inflammatory property that is commonly used to tackle the pain of arthritis and migraines. If seasonal allergies cause you to have horrible headaches, then this spice should definitely make it into your diet!