Overview

Allergies are becoming a bigger problem.

What is an allergy?
  • An allergy is a disorder of the immune system.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 50 million Americans experience an allergic reaction each year, and the best treatment will depend on the cause and severity of the reaction.
  • Allergic reactions occur do to environmental substances known as allergens.
  • Common allergic reactions include allergic rhinitis (hay fever), eczema, hives, asthma.
  • Food, medications, insect stings and exposure to latex can trigger a more serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that happens very quickly and in some instances may be fatal.

How modern medicine treats allergies:
  • Antihistamines can help to treat most minor allergic reactions regardless of the cause. These drugs reduce the body's production of histamine. Histamines are chemicals created by your body that react when the body is threatened by an allergen or irritant. As an example when pollen is inhaled the release of histamine causes moucus to be produced in the sinus cavities. The extra moucus is then blown or sneezed out. The moucus carries the pollen with it and clears the sinus cavities of that particular allergen.  Antihistamines slow the production of histamines and thereby reduce allery symptoms like sneezing, watering eyes, and skin reactions. Second-generation antihistamines, including Claritin (loratadine) and Zyrtec (cetirizine), are less likely to cause drowsiness than first-generation antihistamines, such as Benadryl.
  • Antihistamines come in several forms like oral pills, dissolvable tablets, nasal sprays or eye drops. This is usually to help deliver the medication closer to the source of the allergic reaction
  • Antihistamines in these forms are available from pharmacies, to buy online, or as a prescription from a doctor.
  • Antihistamines can also be taken to prevent allergies. Many people with seasonal or pet allergies will begin taking antihistamines when they know they are going to be exposed to a seasonal allergen.

Some traditional or historical allergy treatments:
  • Take a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is an amazing natural allergy remedy. Traditionally it is said to help reduce mucous production and cleanse your lymphatic system. The quick but somewhat hard approach is to belly up to the bar and just swallow a tablespoon of it. For a more palatable option, try adding a tablespoon to a cup of hot water with a small bit of honey.
  • Try consuming some LOCAL Honey. Grass and pollen in the area are what cause allergic reactions. You can help your body learn that the local habitat isn’t deadly by giving your body small doses of the grass and pollen that are irritating it (similar to the principal of getting a flu shot). This is where local honey comes in so handy. Bees create their honey from the plants in the surrounding area. Thus, their honey contains trace amounts of the very pollen that you are allergicly reacting to.
  • A nasal spray is an alternative. By spritzing saline solution in your nose once a day, you can help flush those same harmful irritants from your nasal passage.

Herbal Information:

Euphrasia Offinalis (Eyebright):
  • Eyebright is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground have been used traditionally to make medicine.
    Some of the traditional uses are as follows:
  • Eyebright is taken by mouth to treat swollen (inflamed) nasal passages, allergies, hay fever, common cold, bronchial conditions, and inflamed sinuses (sinusitis). It is also used for coughs, “pink eye” (conjunctivitis), earaches, epilepsy, headaches, hoarseness, inflammation, jaundice, runny nose, skin ailments, and sore throat.
  • Euphrasia officinalis (Eyebright) is traditionally used for eye inflammation.
    • So many allergies are related to eye irritation that one of the ways that herbalists have used Eyebright is to deal with eye irritation that comes with a seasonal allergy.
  • Eyebright has been tested for efficacy on corneal cells in human eyes. The results/ conclusion below are quoted from this study (Euphrasia Officanlis Study):
    • "All tested extracts decreased pro-inflammatory cytokine expression (IL-1β, IL-6 and TNF-α) and also anti-inflammatory IL-10 expression by human corneal cells."
Lutein:
  • Lutein is called a carotenoid vitamin. It is related to beta-carotene and vitamin A. Foods rich in lutein include broccoli, spinach, kale, corn, orange pepper, kiwi fruit, grapes, orange juice, zucchini, and squash.
  • Lutein may activate branches of the immune system that suppress chronic inflammation" (Article: Newly Discovered Benefits of Lutein). This is an analysis of 4377 studies with more than 387,000 participants.
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin belong to the large class of plant pigments referred to as carotenoids. They are more polar than many other carotenoids, due to the presence of hydroxyl groups on the cyclic ring structure.
Goldenseal Root:
  • Goldenseal is a plant native to North America.
  • Historically, Native Americans used goldenseal for skin disorders, ulcers, fevers, and other conditions.
  • European settlers adopted it as a medicinal plant. They used it for a variety of conditions ranging from respiratory issues to stomach ailments like ulcers.
  • Currently, herbalists have continued the traditional uses of goldenseal as a dietary supplement for colds and other respiratory tract infections, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), ulcers, and digestive upsets such as diarrhea and constipation.
  • It is also used as an eyewash for eye inflammation.
  • The roots of goldenseal are dried and used to make teas, extracts, tablets, or capsules. Goldenseal is often combined with echinacea in commercial products.
  • What science has found out about goldenseal that makes it so useful for your health?
    • There are four active alkaloids that it contains, namely hydrastine, palmatine, canadine and berberine.
    • Berberine, in particular, has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and immune-boosting properties. (Acta Pharmacol Sin. 2017 Feb; 38(2): 157–167)


The studies sited above are for informational purposes only. They do not reflect or relate to the performance or purpose of any products that contain similar materials.

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Description

ALLERGY DEFENSE
A Natural Herbal Formula for Support of a Healthy Immune System Function

This herbal formula full of herbs that have traditional histories for immune system support. A healthy immune system is key to over all health and well being.

What's Included:

  • 1 Bottle of ALLERGY DEFENSE
    • 100 Capsules 

Product Features:

  • ALLERGY DEFENSE is an all natural herbal formula.
  • Euphrasia officinalis (Eyebright) is a major part of this formula. It works well with herbs like Bilberry and Goldenseal.
  • Lutein is called a carotenoid vitamin. It is related to beta-carotene and vitamin A. Foods rich in lutein include broccoli, spinach, kale, corn, orange pepper, kiwi fruit, grapes, orange juice, zucchini, and squash.
    • Carotenoids are high in antioxidants and are considered to be good for overall health.

Recommendation:

  • 3 Capsules each morning and 3 capsules each night night.

Ingredients:

  • Euphraisia herba (herb), Myrtilli Fructus (herb), Myricaceae (bark), Red Raspberry (leaf & pulp), Goldenseal (root), Lutein, Rue (herb), Labiatae (herb), Fennel (seed), Matricaria (flower), Cayenne Pepper