Allergy: Nutrients and Herbs

Nutrients

 

SUPPLEMENT SUGGESTED DOSAGE COMMENTS
Acidophilus As directed on label. Powerful immune enhancer with digestive enzymes for improved digestion.
Anti-Allergy formula from Freeda Vitamins As directed on label. A combination of quercetin, calcium pantothenate, and calcium ascorbate (vitamin C).
Calcium 1,500-2,000 mg daily. Needed to help reduce stress. Use calcium chelate form.
and magnesium 750 mg daily. Needed to balance with calcium.
Inositol hexaphosphate (IP6) (Cell Forte from Enzymatic Therapy) As directed on label. Supports the immune system.
Kyolic Formula 102 from Wakunaga 50 mg 3 times daily. Powerful immune enhancer with digestive enzymes. For improved digestion.
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) As directed on label. Has antiallergic properties equal to or better than those of antihistamines.
Multienzyme complex As directed on label. Take with meals. For improved digestion.
Caution: If you have a history of ulcers, do not use a formula containing HCL.
or pancreatin
Quercetin (Quercitin-C from Ecological Formulas) 500 mg twice daily. Increases immunity and decreases reactions to certain foods, pollens, and other allergens.
plus bromelain 100 mg twice daily. Enhances absorption of quercetin and reduces inflammation.
Or Activated Quercetin from Source Naturals As directed on label. Contains quercetin plus bromelain and vitamin C
Raw adrenal glandular 500 mg each twice daily. To stimulate proper immune function. Raw adrenal is very important to prevent adrenal exhaustion.
and raw spleen glandular
and raw thymus glandular
Vitamin B complex 100 mg of each major B vitamin daily (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary). Needed for proper digestion and nerve function. Use a high-stress formula. Consider injections.
plus extra pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) 100 mg 3 times daily. The antistress vitamin. Use a lozenge or sublingual form.
and vitamin B12 300-1,000 mcg 3 times daily. Needed for proper assimilation of nutrients. Use a lozenge or sublingual form.
and Vitamin B6 50 mg 3 times daily. Helps to relieve wheezing and allergy attacks.
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids 5,000-20,000 mg daily, in divided doses. Protects the body from allergens and moderates the inflammatory response.
Liquid Kyolic with B1 and B12 from Wakunaga As directed on label. An excellent cell protector.
Natural carotenoid complex (Betatene) As directed on label. Free radical scavengers that inhibit allergic reactions.
Proteolytic enzymes As directed on label. Take between meals on an empty stomach. To aid digestion and destroy free radicals.
Caution: Do not give these supplements to a child.
Aller Bee-Gone from CC Pollen As directed on label. A combination of herbs, enzymes, and nutrients designed to fight acute allergy attacks.
Bee pollen Start with a few granules at a time and work up to 2 tsp daily. Strengthens the immune system. Use raw crude pollen, preferably produced within 10 miles of your home.
Caution: Bee pollen may cause an allergic reaction in some individuals. Discontinue use if a rash, wheezing, discomfort, or other symptoms occur.
Coenzyme A from Coenzyme-A Technologies As directed on label. Supports the immune system’s detoxification of many dangerous substances.
Coenzyme Q10 100 mg daily. Improves cellular oxygenation and immune function.
Free form amino acid As directed on label. Supplies protein in a form that is rapidly absorbed and assimilated. Use a sublingual form.
Grape seed extract As directed on label. A powerful antioxidant to prevent free radical damage.
Glucosamine sulfate As directed on label. Important for regulating the mucous secretions of the respiratory system.
or N-acetylglucosamine (N-A-G from Source Naturals) As directed on label.
L-cysteine 500 mg each daily, on empty stomach. Take with water or juice, not milk. Take with 50 mg vitamin B6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption. Promotes healing from respiratory disorders. Helpful for stress and allergic disorders.
and L-tyrosine
Manganese 4 mg daily for 3 months. Take separately from calcium. An important component in many of the body’s enzyme systems. Use manganese chelate form.
Multivitamin and mineral complex As directed on label. All nutrients are needed in balance. Use a hypoallergenic formula. Three nutrients necessary for proper immune function.
with calcium
and magnesium
and vitamin D3 400 IU daily.
Potassium 99 mg daily. Necessary for adrenal gland function. Use potassium protinate or potassium chelate form.
Proteolytic enzymes As directed on label. To aid digestion and destroy free radicals.
Caution: Do not give these supplements to a child.
Or Inf-zyme Forte from American Biologics As directed on label. Take between meals, on an empty stomach.
Vitamin A 10,000 IU daily. Three nutrients necessary for proper immune function.
and vitamin E 200 IU daily. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form.
and zinc 50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements.

 

Herbs

❑ Herbs have the potential to create allergic effects, so introduce them slowly and systematically at the beginning.
❑ Boswellia (Boswellia serrata, also known as Indian frankincense) works at the cellular level to reduce inflammatory and allergic responses.
❑ Decongest Herbal Formula from ZAND is also a good allergy-fighting product.
❑ Eucalyptus and/or thyme leaves can be used to ease congestion. Soak an ounce of either one in a cup of boiling water and inhale the steam.
❑ Eyebright tea has been noted to reduce hay fever symptoms such as watery eyes and runny nose in children.
❑ Goldenseal root aids the absorption of nutrients. A saline nasal spray that contains goldenseal has been used to wash out pollen and help prevent infection.
Caution: Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time. Do not use it during pregnancy or if you are breast-feeding, and use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a doctor’s supervision.
❑ Japanese researchers have found that licorice root can help allergy sufferers. It has been traditionally used in Japan to battle allergic inflammation. Licorice root produces a hormone that acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and helps restore normal breathing.
Caution: Licorice root should not be used during pregnancy or nursing. It should not be used by persons with diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or a history of stroke.
❑ Nettle (also known as stinging nettle) reduces inflammation in the sinus cavities. It is also a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent free radical damage and aids in preventing allergy attacks.
❑ Wild yam stimulates the production of hormones that reduce inflammation caused by allergies. Wild yam is not for everyone, however.
❑ Yerba mate helps to relieve allergic symptoms. Take 2 to 3 teaspoons of yerba mate in 16 ounces of hot water on an empty stomach.
❑ The following Chinese herbs support sinus health:
• Magnolia flower (Magnolia liliflora, also known as xho yi hua) has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to open nasal passages and relieve headaches associated with sinus problems.
• Scutellaria (Scutellaria baicalensis) root contains powerful flavonoids and antioxidants that enhance the immune system. It inhibits the contraction of tissues in allergic reactions.
• Trichosanth (Trichosanthes kirilowii) has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to benefit the respiratory system.
• Wild angelica (Angelica dahurica, also known as aka bai zhi) is particularly useful for clearing sinus problems. It has been found to help relieve discomfort around the eyes that occurs when the sinuses above the eyes are blocked. It normalizes swelling, opens nasal passages, and promotes the discharge of pus often associated with sinus infections. Another important action of this herb is the balancing of histamine levels.
❑ Ayurveda is a body of medical knowledge originating in India. According to this system, some allergic responses are created by the presence of ama, or toxins in the system that are the by-products of improperly digested food. The Ayurvedic herbs picrorrhiza (Picrorrhiza kurrooa) and phyllanthus (Phyllanthus acidus) are suggested for cooling and cleaning the blood, and helping the liver detoxify the body of ama. Trifala is a traditional Ayurvedic herbal combination formula that is sometimes recommended for allergies. It is said to act on vata, one of the three vital principles that govern the body (vata controls respiration, among other functions) in the intestines and keep it from aggravating and drying the upper respiratory system. Other Ayurvedic herbs sug-gested for allergies include amla (Emblica officinalis), guggul (Commiphora mukul), and mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra, better known in English as licorice).
Caution: Licorice root should not be used during pregnancy or nursing. It should not be used by persons with diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or a history of stroke.
❑ Other herbs that can be beneficial for allergies include burdock, milk thistle, butterbur, dandelion, ginkgo, and horseradish.
Caution: Do not take ginkgo biloba if you have a bleeding disorder, or are scheduled for surgery or a dental procedure.