Thursday, October 29, 2020

Allergy and Stress – A Possible Link

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Many people all over the world have several allergies. An allergy can have a higher intensity under stress situations. Some stress related vitamins and minerals are important as well for allergics. We will talk about possible natural stress and allergy relief.

Stress and Allergy related Vitamins and Minerals

Chronic stress can make you ill! But it is well-known, that already existing chronic illnesses/Complaints such as allergies get worse. It is not only my opinion. Researchers f.e. from Ohio State University-Columbus at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Boston confirmed that stress worsens allergies.

Karolinska Institute in Stockholm also sees an important link between stress and allergy. I see each disease as a “kind of stress”. My first recommendation by allergies and for people with intolerances is a dietary supplement for a better chronic stress balance. Based on my experience a stress support can be very helpful in the treatment of allergy patients, but each patient needs an individual treatment. Several vitamins and minerals/trace elements are involved in natural stress regulation, and have an important anti-allergic effect.

Vitamin B12: It is also known as cobalamin and is a water soluble vitamin. I recommend for indications of stress Methylcobalamin. This coenzyme form is another version of vitamin B12 which means that no metabolic steps are required for its assimilation and it can be used in its normal form. Stress is a vitamin B12 burner. Vitamin B12 can be helpful to treat food or/and sulfit allergy as well.

Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a typically anti-stress vitamin. It is very important for short term stress situations, but also in long term stress phases. Several vitamins, minerals and amino acids in our body have connection with vitamin C and help in some body functions. Vitamin C reduce a high secretion of histamine. Vitamin C as ascorbic acid is not recommendable for allergic or chemical sensible people because it does not remain long time in the body. On the contrary vitamin c as mineral ascorbate without copper or ester c and ascorbyl-palmitate. This form of vitamin c is responsible for an increased level and retention of vitamin c of the cells. It has no side effects also in high dosage. A combination with vitamin c (2 – 4 g/day) and quercitin, citrus free (1.000 mg – 1.500 mg/day) both are good natural anti-histamine agents and are therefore important in the natural treatment of Allergies. Vitamin C may be helpful as well to reduce reactions induced from monosodium L-glutamate.

Vitamin B5: it is known as pantothenic acid which is a good addition to any nutrition-programs. Vitamin B5 helps to support the adrenal glands and is great in short term stress situations. But in combination also with other vitamins & minerals is pantothenic acid a optimal addition to long term stress. Vitamin B5 can be a possible help for generally allergies, especially allergic Rhinitis.

Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 play an important role in the building of catecholamines. Vitamin B6 can help by reactions to monosodium-L-glutamate. This vitamin can be helpful as well to allergic asthma.

Manganese: It is a trace mineral that is found i.a. in the adrenal glands, pancreas, kidneys and liver. It supports function of the thyroid gland and thyroxin production. Manganese is also a powerful antioxidant and protect for oxidative stress. A deficit of manganese can cause a higher risk to allergies. A supplementation of manganese can be helpful in the natural treatment of allergic asthma.

Magnesium: General stress is a magnesium burner. A magnesium deficiency can increase allergic reactions.

Zinc: It is very important for our immune system and his many functions are required every single day. The immune system is a very important “control center” of stress. In case of too much stress level, we can be sure that our immune system is down. Then we can have more negative stress reactions. Zinc is a natural antihistaminic and a possible help to food allergy, allergic asthma and allergic rhinitis.

Molybdenum: It is an essential trace mineral and is found in several tissues of the human body. It regulate i.a. calcium, magnesium metabolism. Molybdenum is required for the activity of some enzymes that are involved f.e. in sulfites detoxification. Molybdenum is helpful to prevent toxin-induced stress. It may be helpful for all people with Multiple Chemical Sensivity/MCS-induced chronic stress. Molybdenum is a great help to sulfit allergy or any negative reactions to sulfit.

Drink Tea to Stress and Allergy Relief

Rooibos tea has a caffeine free base and contains some allergy and stress related minerals/trace minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc, copper manganese and iron. Rooibos tea with his healthy ingredients can be helpful to all toxin-induced stress. Rooibos is a help as well to oxidative stress (free radicals). This tea is for me more than only a tea. It is an kind of natural medicine. I see Rooibos Tea as a important basis in the treatment of allergies. The best Rooibos tea is 100% pure without any flavouring/additive. Rooibos Tea has anti-allergic effects, because it contains several bioflavonoids such as Quercetin. Studies have shown that the average 150 ml cup of Rooibos Tea contains about 1.4 mg – 1.7 mg Quercetin. Quercetin acts directly on the intestinal tract to reduce reactions to dietary allergens. It inhibits production of histamine by stabilizing basophils and mast cells. Bioflavonoids (such as Quercitin) may help to reduce the body’s release of symptom-producing histamine, explains Elliott Middleton, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Other Nature Dietary Supplements with Anti-Histaminic Effects

Mangosteen Extract: provides the potent antioxidant benefits of xanthone flavonoids from Mangosteen fruit. These flavonoids have antioxidant properties that may help to neutralize cell damage by free radicals (i.a. environmental pollutants) and maintain optimal cell function. The xanthone flavonoids also help to support a healthy immune system and inhibitions of histamine (and other biogenic amines) release. Add Mangosteen juice as base for ice cream or Smoothies with allergy related effect.

Green Tea Extract: The most important of the catechins, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is a powerful antioxidant polyphenol found in green tea, to which most of the latter benefits are attributed. Tea catechins have also been confirmed to have the ability to suppress the release of the chemical mediator histamine. I recommend green tea extract, manufactured caffeine free (f.e. with 95 % polyphenols/70 % EGCG) most in combinations with other antioxidants. But I give also only green tea extract for stress involved diseases such as allergies or for toxin-induced stress or generally as antioxidant-boost.

Which Dietary Supplements are known as well for Allergics?

Colostrum: Allergies f.e. hay fever, asthma, food allergies etc.

Bioflavonoid Complex: High level of biogenic amines, allergies, food allergies

Grape Seed extract: Generally Allergies, food allergies, high level of biogenic amines

Pine Bark extract: Generally Allergies, food allergies, high level of biogenic amines, asthma

Reishi mushroom powder or extract: Generally allergies, high level of biogenic amines Freeze-dried extract quail eggs: Rhinitis, asthma, hay fever etc.

Possible Link Between Folic Acid and Allergy

Folic acid is an important B-vitamin in our body. But in several cases of allergies may the intake of high dosage folic acid (as dietary supplement) increases the level of biogenic amines such as histamine. This may have a negative reaction for allergy patients.

Methylsulfonylmethane a Possible Alternative to Antihistamines

Methylsulfonylmethane (also known as MSM) is an natural antihistaminic. I have realized that some people with a deficit of the trace element molybdenum may have negative reactions to natural sulphur MSM (f.e. skin problems, muscle pains). Molybdenum is required for the activity of some enzymes that are involved f.e. in sulfites detoxification. Therefore we can have the best possible effects in combination with molybdenum and methylsulfonylmethane. MSM should not be used by individuals suffering from multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) or general people with intolerances to pesticides, artificial color and preservatives.

Pharmacy Nutrition Interaction can be Important for all Allergy Sufferers

Allergy patients need f.e. vitamin C in order to keep secretion of histamine under control. Manganese regulates all enzyme which breaks down histamine. Manganese and zinc together protect against free radicals (oxidative stress). Vitamin B12 supports people with allergic asthma, skin allergy and can reduce food and preservatives allergy. Vitamin B6 can help by reactions to monosodium-L-glutamate. A magnesium deficiency can increase allergic reactions. But the most chemical medical drugs such as oral contraceptives, corticoids or barbiturates can cause deficiency of several nutrients. So it is not pure coincidence that people with allergy or other intolerances become considerable reactions. It is because in this case regulating nutritions (which are most needed) are lacking. Therefore it is advisable to include these most needed nutrients by treatments with chemical drugs.

Possible Nutrition deficiency

Oral contraceptives: vitamins c, B6, B2, B12, folic acid and manganese as well as zinc. It can increase level of vitamin A & copper.

Corticoids: vitamins c, B6, folic acid, vitamin D and magnesium, potassium, zinc.

Barbiturate: vitamins c, B2, B6, B12, folic acid, vitamin D and calcium.

Psyllium fiber (Metamucil): Provitamin A, vitamin B2, zinc, copper, manganese, iron.

Medical drugs for Cholesterol Regulation: vitamins A, E, D, K, Provitamin A, B12, folic acid and iron.

Acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin/ASS): vitamins C, K, folic acid and zinc, iron, magnesium.

Medical Drugs for Allergics and Grapefruit Juice

Do not drink grapefruit juice together with drugs containing “terfenadin” because it can cause disturbance of cardiac rhythm and cardiac infarction. Keep the necessary distance of 3 to 4 hours.

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