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Seasonal allergies, often called hay fever, are symptoms that occur during specific times of the year. This usually occurs at times when outdoor molds release their spores or when plants release tiny pollen particles into the air to fertilize other plants. Allergies are an indication of a hypersensitive immune system and an inability to effectively metabolize histamine.
Seasonal allergies depend on what the individual is having a specific immune reaction too. In the mid-Atlantic states, tree pollination happens between February and May. Grass pollination happens in May – June and weeds from August – October. Mold spores usually increase between mid-summer through the fall. If you have stronger symptoms during one of these periods it is an indication your body is struggling with that particular particle.
Introducing Allergy Defense:
Individuals with hypersensitive immune reactions often experience physical, mental, and functional decline even with moderate onset of discomfort (1). Allergy Defense provides fast-acting, natural support for hypersensitivity reactions, including watery, itchy eyes and runny nose, as well as other manifestations of histamine release.
Formulated with a synergistic combination of vitamins, bioflavonoids, amino acids, herbs, and bromelain, Allergy Defense addresses the distressing signs of immune hypersensitivity.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid):
Vitamin C is essential to humans and must be obtained exogenously. While most mammals are able to synthesize ascorbic acid, humans lack one of the enzymes required for this process and can quickly become deficient if dietary or supplemental intake is inadequate. Stress, smoking, pollution, and temperature changes increase our requirement for vitamin C.
Well known functions of vitamin C include antioxidant protection from damaging free radicals and the synthesis of collagen, carnitine, and neurotransmitters. Vitamin C also plays a lesser-known role in the deactivation of histamine (2,3).
Quercetin, dihydroquercetin (DHQ) and rutin are active bioflavonoids incorporated into Allergy Defense for their role in moderating an exaggerated immune response. Bioflavonoids work synergistically with other antioxidants to protect tissues from the negative effects of oxidation and inflammation often observed during hyperimmune reactions (4)
Dihydroquercetin DHQ supports the activities of other antioxidants, protects erythrocytes and capillaries, supports bronchial function, and assists in chelation of metals. DHQ was also found to moderate pro-inflammatory pathways by inhibiting inducible ICAM-1 expression.
The FlavitPURE™† form of DHQ in Allergy Defense is a bioactive, natural form that is significantly more absorbable than quercetin alone. The inclusion of FlavitPURE in Allergy Defense creates a clear advantage over products containing only quercetin, as fewer capsules are required for effective results.
This specific form of DHQ boasts an impressive ORAChydro value of 28,000+ μM TE/g and a CAP-e assay of 9.9-10.5 units per gram, indicative of effective antioxidant protection within the cell (8).
ORAChydro reflects oxygen radical absorbance capacity for water-soluble antioxidants, and CAP-e refers to cell-based antioxidant protection in erythrocytes.*
A source of naturally occurring flavonoids, rutin reduces capillary permeability and edema, which can reduce mucus fluid buildup or “runny nose.”(9). Rutin’s protective effect against oxidation is amplified by ascorbic acid, also present in Allergy Protect (4).
NAC is the acetylated form of the conditionally essential amino acid L-cysteine. As a precursor to the “master antioxidant” glutathione, NAC plays a significant role in detoxification and antioxidant protection.
Stinging Nettle Extract:
Stinging nettle leaf has been found to regulate a variety of inflammatory activities associated with hyperimmune response, including mast-cell degranulation, prostaglandin formation, and histamine action (12, 13)
Bromelain refers to an enzyme complex extracted from the stem and fruit of the pineapple plant (Ananas comosus). Its modulation of the inflammatory response is thought to exert a beneficial effect in combating hypersensitive immune reactions, earning it approved status by the German Commission E for “micro-inflammations” and related discomforts (14)
Why Allergy Defense:
Allergy Defense incorporates bioflavonoids, micronutrients, proteolytic enzymes, and herbs into a comprehensive formula that provides multifaceted support for individuals with immune imbalances. Dihydroquercetin (PureDHQ™), a key component in Allergy Defense, inhibits oxidation, is bioactive, and is highly absorbable. Allergy Defense supports individuals with elevated histamine and irritation due to common environmental allergens.*