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Allergies are also called hypersensitivity reactions.  In allergic reactions, the immune system is involved.  Antibodies of the immunoglobulin E (IgE) class bind to immune cells such as basophils and mast cells in blood and tissues. When these antibodies encounter allergens (substances causing allergic reactions), the immune cells release chemicals that injure surrounding tissues. 

Allergens can be anything, dust particles, pollen grains, drugs, dust mites, animal hairs and dander, mold, foods, chemicals and insect venoms.  Allergies can be mild to severe.  Most allergies only involve watery, itchy eyes, sneezing, rashes, but some severe cases can lead to difficulty in breathing, heart malfunction and shock.

There are many types of allergic reactions.  Seasonal allergy is one of the most common types.  Seasonal allergy is an allergy to air-borne particles, usually pollens and grasses, causing itchiness of the nose, roof of the mouth, back of the throat and eyes and watery eyes, sneezing and running nose.  Allergic conjunctivitis is an allergic inflammation of the conjunctiva, causing eyelids and the whites of the eyes to become red and swollen.  Food allergy is an allergic reaction to a particular food. The mild symptoms are skin rash, sometimes accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  Few people can develop very severe reactions to specific allergens in foods, such as nuts and shellfish. They may develop rash and hives all over the body, feel their throat swell and have difficulty in breathing.  Physical allergy is a reaction to a physical stimulus, such as cold, sunlight, heat, causing itching, rash and hives.

The best way to deal with allergy is to avoid an allergen instead of treating the allergic reaction.  Antihistamines are the drugs most commonly used to block allergic response.  They have side effects such as sedation, drowsiness, confusion, light-headedness, dry mouth, constipation, difficulty with urination, blurred vision, etc.


Nutritional supplements for allergies:

Quercetin + Bromelain

Quercetin inhibits the release of histamine, the substance that causes allergic reaction.  Bromelain improves the absorption of quercetin and also reduces inflammation.


Bee pollen

Bee pollen has been proven to relieve the symptoms of hay fever if taken daily.  Bee pollen works by inducing the immune system to build up defense or immunity against foreign substances.



MSM coats the mucous membranes of the body.  It forms a shield to protect the lung tissue and nasal passages from airborne allergen such as pollen and volatile chemicals. 


Vitamin C

Insufficient vitamin C may increase susceptibility to allergens.  Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine by preventing histamine release and increasing histamine detoxification. Vitamin C also moderates inflammatory response. 

note: some people are allergic to vitamin C, stop taking vitamin C supplements if adverse reaction occurs. 


Multivitamin and mineral complex

Supports the immune system.


Shop for allergy supplements:

Source Naturals activated quercetin

Bee pollen - various brands

(use code "WAN045" - get $5 off your first order)


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