A staggering number of people around the world suffer from allergies, colds and flu. The number in North America is around 30 million and growing. Some people suffer from unbearable symptoms while others suffer from the seasonal type consisting of runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing and wheezing.
Allergies are not just a seasonal irritant. Many illnesses, including autoimmune disorders and inflammatory diseases arise from years of untreated allergy symptoms.
There are two types of allergic response: the first is a classic allergic response where the allergen triggers an increase in immunoglobulin E; the reaction is immediate. Allergens can initiate different symptoms depending on which area of the body they settle in. An upper respiratory tract irritation will exhibit sneezing and a runny nose, while the same allergen in the lower respiratory tract will produce wheezing or coughing.
The second type of allergic response is cell-mediated or delayed-onset response. They are more difficult to diagnose, as the symptoms may not occur immediately. These symptoms tend to be in the gastrointestinal tract in the form of gastric upsets, diarrhea, irritable bowel, etc.
Allergies can elicit many different symptoms, so wide and varied they can be difficult to detect over some other conditions. Common symptoms are: sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose, itching, dermatitis, earache, congested nasal passages, headaches and fatigue to name a few.
Research indicates that blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, arthritis and other degenerative diseases can develop as a result of untreated allergies.
Phytonutrients (found in ImmunoCare) have been shown to stop the body’s production of histamine. When the immune system encounters an allergen such as pollen, the T-helper-2 releases an immune factor called interleukin-4. Interleukin-4 causes B cells to secrete antibodies that then attach to mast cells. Mast cells release a cascade of chemicals, including histamine, which promote allergic symptoms. The key to halting allergies is to stop interleukin-4 from being released and controlling interleukin-6. Phytonutrients, taken in their proper dosage of 300mg per day have been shown to be very effective in preventing allergies. Phytonutrients are proving to be a very effective way of halting allergies in a safe and natural way.
A double-blind, randomized, placebo controlled trial at the University of Guelph (1) has shown that a patented combination of antioxidants and sterols containing beta-sitosterol (Immuno-Care), can reduce IL-6 by an average of 35%, and the basophils that release the histamine by an average of 25%. Not surprising this antioxidant/sterol combination has been found in many cases to be effective in alleviating seasonal allergies.
Enzogenol™, an ingredient in ImmunoCare, is a powerful antioxidant that also helps in the control of allergies.References
(1) Pilot Study on the Supplement ImmunoCare. Laidlaw. Human Nutraceutical Research Unit. University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
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