April 18, 2016

366 A Novel Solution for Allergies [18 April 2016]

Of all the products in my store, the one with the strangest ingredient source has to be a formula I just got in for allergies. It’s made from quail eggs – from Japanese quail to be precise. Here’s the story.

A French doctor in the 1970’s noticed that farmers raising quail (and eating quail eggs) had fewer allergy symptoms than their neighbors. He started prescribing quail eggs to his allergy patients and their symptoms improved. Three human studies have since shown that certain glycoproteins from the eggs significantly reduce symptoms of allergies and is safe, non-drowsy and well tolerated. The quail egg extract worked for a variety of allergens including pollen, dust mites, mold, and pet dander. It also works quickly with results observed in as little as 15 minutes.

Allergens, like pollen grains or pet dander, contain chemicals called tryptases. When someone with a sensitized immune system comes in contact with an allergen, the tryptase activates mast cells to release histamine and other harmful chemicals, including inflammatory cytokines and also more tryptase! The histamines cause the allergy symptoms of allergic rhinitis like stuffy or runny nose; red itchy watery eyes; itchy mouth, throat and face; sneezing; and sore throat.

The quail egg glycoproteins work as a natural tryptase inhibitor, preventing the tryptase from binding with the mast cells before histamines (and the other nasty chemicals) can be released. This is preferable to most over-the-counter anti-histamine allergy drugs which block the activity of the histamines after they have been released.

There are other solutions for reducing air-born allergy symptoms. Avoid the allergens by staying away from fields with pollen and keeping windows closed. Use a dehumidifier to remove excess indoor humidity which encourages mold growth. As much as possible avoid cats and dogs or whatever animals you react to.

I have several other products to help with allergies. One contains seven herbal extracts and quercetin, and comes with a money back guarantee. Quercitin by itself is a natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory. Two others contain phytosterols, especially beta sitosterol. Phytosterols reduce basophils, the cells that release histamine, and an inflammation causing chemical, interleukin-6.

For more information on this or other natural health topics, stop in and talk to Stan; for medical advice consult your licensed health practitioner.

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