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Sniffles, Snuffles, Allergies and Natural Herbs & Spices

March 15, 2012

Here is a review of several key InnOrbit ingredients that may help with immunity and allergies.  The air is definitely changing now as the temperatures are rising, the days are getting longer and more plants and trees are coming into flower.

Ayurveda sees ama (toxins) and low immunity as the primary causes of most allergies. Ama can settle at the digestive level or in the various tissues, with different symptoms at each level.  The Ayurvedic system recommends several different herbs and spices like cardamom and ginger to balance out the system and help against allergies (more information here)

Neem

Neem component Quercetin has an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity.

Quercetin is a natural compound found in herbs like Neem (Azadirachta indica) and  that blocks substances and processes involved in allergies. Quercetin is a safe, natural therapy that may be used as primary therapy or in conjunction with conventional methods.

Green Tea

Green Tea is also getting in on the act.

Maeda-Yamamoto et al, investigated epigallocatechin-3-O-(3″-O-methyl) gallate (EGCG3″Me) and the EGCG3″Me-rich green tea (Camellia sinensis L.) and its anti-allergic effects.

Histamine release was measured after exposure to  mixtures of ECG3″Me and EGCG3″Me.  The data suggest that ECG3″Me might link to an anti-allergic effect.

Pennywort (Centella asiatica):

Results reveal that there is an immuno-modulating activity of Centella extracts with regard to both non-specific cellular and humoral immune responses.  The data available suggest that they may have chemopreventive or anticancer potential.

Similarly, the immunomodulatory activity of extracts of  C. asiatica was also significant.

Cinnamon:

Cinnamon Extracts have been reported to improve immune function against microorganisms. Results suggest that Cinnamon Extracts can affect immune responses by regulating anti- and proinflammatory and GLUT gene expression.

Licorice / Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra):

The immune and antioxidant activities of Glycyrrhiza glabra (Liquorice) polysaccharides were studied in an animal model.

The results of the experiment showed a statistically significant decrease in serum antioxidant enzyme activities. Liquorice compounds significantly enhanced immune and antioxidant enzyme activities concluding that these compounds treatment can enhance immune activities, and reduce oxidative stress.

Ginger:

researchers observed that ginger extract inhibited IL-12, TNF-alpha, IL-1beta (pro inflammatory cytokines) and RANTES, MCP-1 (pro inflammatory chemokines) production in LPS stimulated macrophages. In addition ginger extract negatively affected the antigen presenting function of macrophages and it was observed that there was a significant reduction in T cell proliferation in response to allostimulation. In conclusion ginger extract inhibits macrophage activation and APC function and indirectly inhibits T cell activation.

Our recommendation is to try UP&GO and CALM&RELAX which have a good balance of the above ingredients and could help to strengthen your immune system and help with the spring snuffles.” Dr A. Ward (InnOrbit)

More on Allergies clicking the Image below (Green Eyes On: Bee Pollen Cures Allergies, Sara Snow):

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