Spring into Health: Top Nutrients for Fighting Springtime Woes
Vitamins & Supplements
Spring into Health: Top Nutrients for Fighting Springtime Woes
Lindsey Toth, MS, RD • March 15, 2019

When you think of spring, images of melting snow, chirping birds and an increasingly greener and livelier landscape most likely come to mind. Unfortunately, for many, these pleasant images also come with the dreaded springtime woes. And if left unchecked, that can put a damper on what should be one of the most exciting times of the year. The good news is, with the right nutrients, you can give your body what it needs to fight back so you can fully enjoy the world as it wakes up from its winter slumber.

Whether it’s the powerful antioxidant effects of curcumin, the immune-boosting mineral support of zinc or the broad-spectrum activity that only EpiCor can deliver, finding the right supplement for you can make all the difference. Here are 10 excellent options to give you a springtime boost.


The active compound found within turmeric, curcumin has been used as a traditional tonic for thousands of years. Though it’s used for a wide variety of health applications, contemporary research has zeroed in on curcumin's ability to support the immune system and provide a strong seasonal defense. Studies indicate that curcumin plays a role in supporting respiratory and nasal health in those battling seasonal related issues, while also boosting immune system function.1

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Though it may have a funny name, its health benefits are nothing to scoff at. Pycnogenol® is a patented compound derived from the bark of the French maritime pine tree and features some of the most powerful antioxidant flavonoids ever discovered. Among the many health benefits it delivers is support for the body’s ability to battle seasonal effects. Studies indicate taking a Pycnogenol® supplement can be especially helpful when taken prior to the development of effects.2 These studies showed that Pycnogenol® can be particularly effective in boosting respiratory health and sinus health.3

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A powerful antioxidant flavonoid, quercetin can be found in a wide range of foods and plants such as apples, various berries, green tea, red grapes, onions and ginkgo biloba, to name just a few. Quercetin’s antioxidant power is highly effective in promoting immune function and studies have also shown that it can support sinus and respiratory health, making quercitin supplementation an excellent option for your springtime health routine.4

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In recent years, zinc has become a go-to for seasonal support. Zinc is a mineral and essential micronutrient that offers a plethora of health benefits and functions throughout the body and is excellent at promoting immune system health. Zinc’s increasing popularity for helping battle seasonal difficulties is science-backed. Research indicates that zinc can play a role in supporting respiratory function, muscle comfort and sinus health.5

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Vitamin C

A water-soluble vitamin, vitamin C is an incredibly powerful source of antioxidants and plays a significant role in supporting the strength and function of the immune system. The immune benefits of vitamin C have been shown in studies to shorten the duration of seasonal health concerns.6 Studies have also shown that vitamin C can boost respiratory function, sinus health and skin health.7

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Stinging Nettle Root

Don’t let the name scare you, when you’re wrestling with the challenges of spring, stinging nettle can be the friend you need. While stinging nettle might be best known for its urinary tract and prostate health benefits, its ability to make the springtime woes a little less menacing cannot be overlooked. Clinical studies have shown that introducing stinging nettle root extract into the system can support respiratory function and sinus health for seasonal relief.8

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A stellar source of high-metabolite immunogens, EpiCor® is made using natural yeast that goes through a fermentation and drying process to produce a powerful tool for promoting a strong immune system. Studies have shown that taking an EpiCor® supplement can be an excellent way to fight back against the springtime woes thanks to its many health-boosting abilities. These abilities include providing seasonal support, boosting eye health, respiratory health and sinus health.9,10

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Beta Glucan

If you’re looking to supercharge your immune system, finding a quality beta glucan supplement should be high on your list of priorities. Beta glucans are sugars found within the cell walls of yeast, seaweed, plants like oats and barley, and lichens. An immunomodulator, beta glucan helps promote a healthy immune defense. Furthermore, beta glucans have been studied and shown to boost respiratory health.11

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Butterbur Root

It may not be a well-known supplement, but when spring arrives and there are more particles in the air, butterbur root has been shown to be helpful. An herbal supplement, butterbur or petasites hybridus, is a flowering plant that’s native to parts of central Europe. According to studies, butterbur is great for supporting respiratory function, as well as promoting healthy sinuses when taken in supplement form.12

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Astragalus is one of traditional Chinese herbalism’s fundamental herbs and it comes packed with over 100 active compounds, like saponins, polysaccharides, amino acids and more.13 Taking an astragalus supplement is an outstanding way to promote cardiovascular and liver health and boost the immune system. Specifically, studies have indicated that astragalus is particularly effective in supporting respiratory and sinus health while helping support the immune system.14

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Seasonal Allergy Support

From rain showers to sunshine (and sometimes snow), spring weather can keep us guessing about what to wear. There's no guesswork with these seasonal helpers for allergy concerns, including watery eyes, sneezing runny nose, itchy throat and more.

  • Ayr® Allergy Mist: Seasonal support for sinuses that helps flush nasal passages to keep airways open
  • Allergiemittle Alleraide: Natural homeopathic allergy aid to promote the relief of runny nose, nasal congestion, itchy eyes and more
  • Alavert: Temporary seasonal allergy relief featuring non-drowsy citrus-flavored tablets that dissolve in your mouth
  • Zicam Allergy Relief Nasal Gel Non-Drowsy: A non-drowsy formula to promote the body’s defenses against allergy symptoms in a safe, seasonal allergy relief nasal gel
  • Similasan Allergy Eye Relief: Promotes comfort for red, irritated eyes while offering temporary multi-symptom relief
  • MediNatura Allergy Relief Tablets: Offers temporary relief of runny nose, watery eyes and more and supports your body’s ability to fight nasal congestion and minor skin irritation
  • Good Sense Allergy Relief: Easy-to-swallow tablets that support your body against the effects of the seasonal blahs

Have a Healthy, Happy Spring

We hope this article will help you face the season ahead with the confidence and knowledge of knowing which nutrients and herbal ingredients will keep you feeling your absolute best. We’d love to hear from you and welcome you to share your own springtime health tips below. Also, be sure to check out these Spring Health Hacks and our Home Guide for Natural Household Cleaning for must-have spring cleaning tips.

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Lindsey Bristol, Swanson Health Products

About Lindsey Toth, MS, RD
Registered Dietitian, Swanson Health Products

Lindsey is a nationally recognized registered dietitian and nutritionist with a soft spot for pie. She empowers people to take charge of their health by finding the balance between the pleasure and nourishment in food.

Her philosophy is that you should take care of your body because it’s the only permanent home you have. It’s what inspired her to pursue a career in nutrition and, ultimately, led her to Swanson Health.


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2 A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Exploratory Study to Evaluate the Potential of Pycnogenol for Improving Allergic Rhinitis Symptoms. US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20549654

3 Inhibitory Effect of Pycnogenol® on Airway Inflammation in Ovalbumin-Induced Allergic Rhinitis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5156464/

4 Quercetin and its Anti-Allergic Immune Response. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27187333

5 Duration and Severity of Symptoms and Levels of Plasma Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist, Soluble Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor, and Adhesion Molecules in Patients with Common Cold Treated with Zinc Acetate. PubMed. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18279051?dopt=Abstract

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7 The Effect of Vitamin C on Bronchoconstriction and Respiratory Symptoms Caused by Exercise: A Review and Statistical Analysis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4363347/

8 Efficacy of Supportive Therapy of Allergic Rhinitis by Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) Root Extract: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Clinical Trial. US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5963652/

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11 Baker’s Yeast Beta Glucan Supplementation Increases Salivary IgA and Decreases Cold/Flu Symptomatic Days After Intense Exercise. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5044766/

12 Randomized Controlled Trial of Butterbur and Cetirizine for Treating Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC64514/

13 Review of the Botanical Characteristics, Phytochemistry, and Pharmacology of Astragalus Membranaceus (Huangqi). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25087616

14 Efficacy and Safety of Astragalus membranaceus in the Treatment of Patients with Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis. PubMed. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19504468

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