Aller G Defense - Respiratory Relief - Immune Enhancer Package

Aller G Defense - Respiratory Relief - Immune Enhancer Package

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Research

Echinacea
  • Many of Echinacea’s chemical constituents are, in fact, powerful immune system stimulators and can provide a significant therapeutic value namely essential oils, flavonoids, inulin, polysaccharides and vitamin C.
  • In Germany, dietary herbs are regulated by the government, and the above ground parts of the Echinacea purpurea species are actually approved as natural remedies for urinary tract infections, upper respiratory tract infections, colds and slow-healing wounds.
  • USDA -NRCS (The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service) issued a report edited in December, 2000 (Report Link). The reports states that the immune system seems to be strongly influenced by ... echinacea. "Recent pharmacological studies indicate that a 10-mg/kg daily dose of the polysaccharide [from echinacea] over a ten-day period is effective as an immuno-stimulant.
  • According to WebMD.com Extracts of echinacea do seem to have an effect on the immune system, your body's defense against germs. Research shows it increases the number of white blood cells, which fight infections. A review of more than a dozen studies, published in 2014, found the herbal remedy had a very slight benefit in preventing colds.

Astragalus Root:
  • Astragalus is considered to be an "Adaptogen" herb. Adaptogens are herbs that help “protect the body against physical, mental, and emotional stress" according to herbalists.
  • Astragalus is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is referred to as Huang-qi. Only the roots are harvested for medicinal purposes.
  • Today we know how and why it was so valued by the Chinese as a plant that positively affects human health. Astragalus contains three components major active constituents - saponins, flavonoids and polysaccharides. 
    • Saponins are known for their ability to lower cholesterol and improve the immune system.
    • Flavanoids have antioxidative qualities which control and scavenge off free radicals. They are also to help prevent heart disease, and immunodeficiency viruses.
    • Polysaccharides are known to have antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory capabilities, among other health benefits.
Goldenseal
  • Goldenseal is a plant native to North America.
  • Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), also known as orange root, yellow root or yellow puccoon, is a perennial herb belonging to the buttercup family.
  • Native Americans historically used goldenseal for health issues like skin diseases, ulcers, stomach issues and gonorrhea.
  • Today goldenseal is being studied for its effectiveness with health issues including; the natural treatment and prevention of colds, respiratory tract infections, allergies, eye infections, digestive issues, canker sores, vaginitis and urinary tract infections.
  • One of the major active constituents in Goldenseal is berberine. Berberine has been been proven to be antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and blood glucose–lowering. It's no wonder that Goldenseal is so popular among naturalists and western medicine stidies.
  • 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 useful for your health and well-being.
    • 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)
Reishi Mushroom
  • The reishi mushroom, also known as LingZhi in Traditional Chinese Medicine is an edible mushroom that has been used for its healing abilities for thousands of years.
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine documents Reishi mushrooms as anti-inflammatories and they are tied to longevity, better immune function and mental clarity.
  • These mushrooms are catagorized as adaptogens. 
  • There are multiple studies that have been or are being conducted in Japan, China, the U.S. and the U.K. These studies indicate that reishi mushrooms are capable of offering protection against numerous diseases or illnesses, including; inflammation, fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome), frequent infections (urinary tract, bronchitis, respiratory infections, etc.), liver disease, digestive problems, stomach ulcers and leaky gut syndrome, skin disorders, autoimmune disorders, viruses, and many others.
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.
Mullein:
  • The herb Mullein has been cultivated in Scotland and England for centuries as a medicinal herb. Historically it was used for respiratory issues like coughs,  lung conjestion, brochitis and nasal congestion.  
  • Mullein contains a good amount of potassium and calcium phosphate.
  • These two organic salts are essential for rebuilding tissue, nervous system function, bone structure and in maintaining general health and well-being. 
  • Mullein leaves and flowers are classified in traditional herbal literature as expectorants (promotes the discharge of mucus) and demulcents (soothes irritated mucous membranes). Historically, mullein has been used by herbalists as a remedy for the respiratory tract, particularly in cases of irritating coughs with bronchial congestion. 
  • Mullein is an excellent herb for the respiratory system, and has been known as an astringent, which opens air passages by shrinking irritated areas, allowing air to flow more freely through the respiratory system. 
  • Mullein is known by other names in other ancient cultures. The people of Rome and Ireland called it "lungwort" because they used it to cure lung disease in both humans and livestock (Muenscher, 1935; DeBray, 1978).
  • "Mullein contains approximately 3% mucilage and small amounts of saponins and tannins. The mucilaginous constituents are thought to be responsible for the soothing actions on mucous membranes. The saponins may be responsible for the expectorant actions of mullein." University of Michigan Medical Health Article
  • Mullein has a long history of traditional use for respiratory issues and is currently being studied for more information.
Elcampane:
  • The herb Elcampane is categorized as a diuretic, tonic, expectorant, alterative, astringent and is a gentle stimulant.
  • "The traditional uses in herbal medicine it is chiefly for coughs, consumption and other pulmonary complaints, being a favourite domestic remedy for bronchitis. It has been employed for many hundreds of years with good results in chest affections." ( A Modern Herbal Botanical )
  • One of the classifications of Elcampane is an expectorant. An expectorant is defined as an herb that expels mucus.
  • It is also an astringent which is said to shrink or contract skin. Some herbalists use astringents on swollen mucous membranes.
Bayberry:
  • The traditional uses of Bayberry are for head colds, circulatory system stimulation, as a gargle for sore throats, as an ointment for skin ulcers, Diarrhea and even nausea.
  • Bayberry contains tannins that have a drying effect on skin and membranes.
  • On classifications for Bayberry is as an astringent.
  • Bayberry contains an active flavonoid called Myricetin. It is extracted from the barks, leaves, and roots of the plant known as myrica rubrae (Bayberry). It is very well known for the biologic effect of antioxidant and radical scavenge activities.
  • During the 19th century Samuel Thomson, a New England herbalist and father of 'physiomedicalism' described Bayberry as second only to red pepper for producing 'heat' within the body. Thomson recommended it for colds, flu, diarrhoea, fever and infectious disease and most particularly as an agent to increase the 'vital force', related to the body's intrinsic ability to heal itself.


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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Allergies, Allergies, Allergies!
There are a couple of times each year that I hear most of my friends echo each other. The topic that they all seem to complain about is the allergies. One of those times is in the spring. That is that glorious time when the grey of the winter is melting away along with all of the depression that comes with being trapped inside for months. 
In the spring everything is in the renewal stage. The sun shines, the grass greens the sky blues and the pollen flies. And with that the allergies RAGE! Runny noses, itchy eyes and throat, constricted breathing and sinus headaches.
It's hard because getting out and rejuvenating ourselves is important both psychologically and physically. Winter can be so depressing to a person and if you didn't go out and exercise well then spring is the time to pick it back up again. Even though going out is necessary for out physical and pyschological well-being it can come at a very high price. High enough that staying inside might seem like the best option.

What is an allergy?
The actual definition of an allergy is; ALLERGY (noun): An allergy is a chronic condition involving an abnormal reaction to an ordinarily harmless substance called an allergen. Allergens can  include aeroallergens such as dust mite, mold, and tree weed and grass pollen, as well as food allergens such as milk, egg, soy, wheat, nut or fish proteins.
If you have an allergy, your immune system views the allergen as an invader and a chain reaction is initiated. White blood cells of the immune system produce IgE antibodies. These antibodies attach themselves to special cells called mast cells, causing a release of potent chemicals such as histamine. These chemicals cause symptoms such as itching in the nose, roof of the mouth, throat, eyes, sneezing, stuffy nose (congestion), runny nose (usually precedes congestion), tearing eyes and dark circles under the eyes.

What are the different types of allergies?
  • Drug allergies
    • An abnormal reaction of the immune system to a medication.
  • Food allergies
    • An unpleasant or dangerous immune system reaction after a certain food is eaten.
  • Contact dermatitis
    • A skin rash caused by contact with a certain substance.
  • Latex allergy
    • An allergic reaction to certain proteins found in natural rubber latex.
  • Allergic asthma
    • Asthma triggered by exposure to the same substances that trigger allergy symptoms.
  • Seasonal allergies
    • An allergic response causing itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, and other similar symptoms.
  • Animal allergy
    • An abnormal immune reaction to proteins in an animal's skin cells, saliva, or urine.
  • Anaphylaxis
    • A severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.
  • Allergy to mold
    • An abnormal allergic reaction to mold spores.
  

What is an allergic reaction?
An allergic reaction is actually an over-reaction to a harmless element in the environment (dust, pollen, mold spores). For example trees that release pollen are simply doing so to fertilize their fruit and hopefully produce new trees. Since the beginning of time pollen has coexisted with the the people in the world. For some reason our immune systems are now over reacting to these natural events. There are also reactions to food like peanuts, soy products, tree nuts like walnuts and pecans, fish and crustaceans like shrimp and crab. At some point in time these food items were just that... food. Now they are so irritating to some people that they cause some very serious reactions when contact is made. Some people's allergic reactions are so severe that they go into anaphilactic shock. Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. Anaphilactic shock is a possible result to the severe anaphilactic reaction to an allergen.  It can occur within seconds or minutes of exposure to something you're allergic to, such as peanuts or bee stings.

How do I manage my allergies?
First it is important to know what you are allergic to. There are tests that immunologists can give you to determine just what you are allergic to. Once you know you can defend yourself by avoiding the allergens that effect you. If you find out that you are allergic to peanuts for example the solution is to avoid anything that has peanuts listed in the ingredients. Food and supplement labels are required to list the ingredients that might be allergens in the ingredient panel. There are those people that are sensitive enough to their allergen that sometimes a product produced in the same area as another product containing their allergen (peanuts as an example) that they have a reaction even though the peanuts are not in the product that they are consuming but the product was produced in a manufacturing plant that also processes peanuts in another product that they produced at some earlier point in time. For that situation there are now label requirements that disclose what other allergens are handled in the processing or manufacturing plant. Diligence is the key. Read the labels including all of the ingredients and the allergen disclosure to avoid your food allergy issues.

Health Information

What do I do if I have an allergic reaction to something?

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.

Ingredients

  • ALLER G DEFENSE
    • Euphraisia herba (herb), Myrtilli Fructus (herb), Myricaceae (bark), Red Raspberry (leaf & pulp), Golden Seal (root), Lutein, Rue (herb), Labiatae (herb), Fennel (seed), Matricaria (flower), Cayenne Pepper
  • RESPIRATORY
    • Mullein (leaf), Bayberry (bark), Horehound (leaf), Bladder Pod (herb), Heal All (herb), Elecampane (root), Yerba Santa (herb), Plantain (herb), Nettle (leaf), Coltsfoot (flower), Cayenne (fruit 40 HU), Lungwort (herb)
  • IMMUNE ENHANCER
    • Echinacea Angustifolia (root), Astragalus (root), Siberian Ginseng (root), Pau D' Arco (bark), Suma (root), Goldenseal (root), Kelp (herb), Bladder Pod (herb), Plantain (leaf), Reishi (herb), Cayenne Pepper (40,000 HU)

Instructions

  • ALLER G DEFENSE
    • 3 Capsules each morning and 3 capsules each night night.
  • RESPIRATORY RELIEF
    • Capsules 3 times a day 1/2 hour before meals when possible. May use more as needed.
  • IMMUNE ENHANCER
    • Take 1 to 2 Capsules once or twice a day.

What's included

  • 1 Bottle of Grandma's Herbs ALLER G DEFENSE
    • 100 Capsules - 498 mg.
  • 1 Bottle of Grandma's Herbs RESPIRATORY
    • 100 Capsules - 448 mg.
  • 1 Bottle of Grandma's Herbs IMMUNE ENHANCER
    • 100 capsules 454 mg.

Features

  • ALLER G DEFENSE
    • Promotes a healthy immune system's function
    • All natural herbs in their natural form. No concentrates, no extra processing. Just herbs tthat have been dried and gound up into an ultra fune powder for the quick release of their healthy properties.
  • RESPIRATORY RELIEF
    • Promotes healthy lung function
    • This all natural formula is designed to promote respiatory system function.
    • Mullein has been cultivated in Scotland and also in England for centuries, Traditionally it is used as an herb that naturally adresses the respiratory system.
    • Elcampane is traditionally used to expel mucus. It is catagorized as an expectorant by herbalists.
    • This has been a great formula for use in the cold months of winter!
    • Contains herbs in the expectorant astringent and stimulant herbal categories.
  • IMMUNE ENHANCER
    • Great for what ails you. IMMUNE ENHANCER is a natural remedy that promotes a healthy immune system function.
    • Works with your immune system.
    • Formulated with a combination of herbs that promote healthy immune system function.
    • Wonderful product for the cold months of the year. 

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