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The Allergy Epidemic

A Natural Solution

Fast Facts:

  • The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) estimated that 16.7 million office visits a year are attributed to allergic rhinitis (better known as allergies).
  • An estimated overall cost of allergic rhinitis in the United States in 1996 totaled $6 billion.

Allergies

An astounding 40 million Americans suffer from allergies.  Sneezing, a stuffy, runny nose and itchy eyes and throat often bring to mind seasonal hay fever during spring and fall.  But for many people the symptoms of allergies are a 24/7 year round struggle due to dust mites, pet dander and mold spores

An allergic response is caused by an overzealous immune system that attacks the body, and is referred to as an autoimmune response. There are three basic categories of allergies: (1) inhalants, i.e., ragweed and pollen, (2) ingestants from foods consumed and (3) contact with poison oak or ivy.

Asthma, hives and other symptoms often are the result of an allergic reaction to food or food additives. Metabisulfite, for example, is a food additive widely use in the food industry in preparing fresh produce and in restaurant salad bars that is known to be fatal.

Choices for allergy sufferers consist of prescription drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and natural supplements. Prescription and OTC drugs have an array of side effects that are associated with them.  Many natural supplements contain the herb ephedra, which continues to be controversial. However, Aller-7™ Support is a new and promising natural remedy which, provides safe and effective benefits for allergy sufferers. It contains over 35 patented and trademarked therapeutic doses of the finest ingredients: OptiMSM™, Quercitin, Stinging Nettles, Ayurvedic Medicine, Bromelain, Feverfew, and more.

MSM

MSM is a naturally occurring sulfur compound found in all plants and animals.  It has been the subject of a recent multi-centered study for seasonal allergies.  The study, using OptiMSM™, included 42 people with allergic responses to grass pollen, weed pollen, fungi, trees and shrubs.  The study was conducted in May and June to ensure high levels of airborne allergens. Each participant took 2600 mg of MSM for 30 days and was evaluated every 7 days.  By Day 7, total upper respiratory symptoms were significantly reduced, which continued through Day 30.  Lower respiratory symptoms improved by Day 21 and continued to improve by Day 30.  Energy levels significantly increased by Day 14 and continued to improvement by Day 30.  The scientists concluded that 2600 mg of MSM per day may be efficacious in reducing the effects of seasonal allergies

Quercetin

More recently, quercetin has also been a reliable natural alternative for allergy sufferers.  In vitro studies have shown quercetin to prevent the release of histamine and other chemicals our body uses to create the symptoms of allergies. One in vitro study using human cells found quercetin to inhibit the release of histamine. This helps us understand why consumers find great results with quercetin, because without the release of these chemicals, allergic reactions like stuffy nose, itchy eyes and throat would be greatly reduced.

Stinging Nettles

European herbalists have used nettles for centuries for allergic reactions and lung disorders. Repeatedly, consumers have been finding Nettles to be an effective tool in reducing the effects of allergies. A double-blind placebo-controlled study found nettles to rate higher than placebo in response to allergy symptoms. Although these findings are preliminary, it does give scientific support to its historical use in treating allergies.

Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurvedic Medicine consists of an large selection of herbs, many of which are uncommon in the U.S.  The following Ayurvedic herbs have been used for centuries in Indian traditional medicine to treat allergies.  More recently many of them have been the subject of scientific study, validating their beneficial role in alternative medicine.  The following chart summarizes the traditional uses of these herbs and their more recent scientific evidence.

Latin Name

Traditional Medicinal Use

Scientific Evidence

Phyllanthus emblica

 

Cough, asthma and bronchitis

Expectorant activity

Terminalia chebula

Cough, asthma, expectorant

Antihistamine, bronchial asthma and chronic sinusitis

Terminalia bellerica

Cough, asthma

Antitussive(cough), antiasthmatic

Albizia lebbeck

Asthma, antihistamine, allergies, bronchitis

Asthma, antitussive, prevent allergic-induced bronchospasm, mast cell degranulation, antihistamine

Zingiber officinale

Chronic bronchitis, common cold, chest congestion, cough

Antihistamine

Piper longum

Cough, bronchitis, asthma, cold

Anti-allergic, lung health, asthma

Piper nigrum

Asthma, cough

Anti-allergic

Other Alternatives

One of the major symptoms of allergies is inflammation in sinuses and the lungs.  There are many natural products, which seem to have effects on reducing inflammation and could be helpful for allergy sufferers.  Digestive enzymes, particularly protease enzymes like bromelain, are well known for their use in reducing inflammation from arthritis and injury.  Culinary spices such as ginger and tumeric have historical references to many inflammatory conditions.  The herb Feverfew, which is traditionally used for migraines, seems to have anti-inflammatory properties for the sinuses as well.

Antioxidants help reduce free radical damage, which causes fatigue, confusion and general malaise, all symptoms associated with allergies. Antioxidants come in many forms such as, flavonoids found in berries and grape seeds and vitamins A, C and E.  The sinus and lungs are dense vascular areas.  Antioxidants and flavonoids also support the health and elasticity of blood vessels. 

Over 10 years of research and development, including double blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials, went into the making of all Natural Aller-7™ Support The future holds great promise for natural remedies as scientific validation confirms their historical uses and provides new, safer solutions to seasonal and year-round allergies. 


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