For those who suffer from reactions to dust, mold, pollen, environmental pollutants, animal dander, etc.
- Remember the game Space Invaders? Just like the game hero, our bodies are attacked by various invaders on a daily basis. And while some people are prepared for the attack, others are not. Our immune system is designed to protect the body from invaders of all kinds. It recognizes, responds to, and clears out foreign substances which penetrate the protective barriers of skin and mucosal surfaces.
- Irritants such as dust, mold, pollen, environmental pollutants and dander cause the body to react by releasing mediators of inflammation (histamine, serotonin, prostaglandins, and bradykinin). This is the body"s natural way of defending itself.
- Each mediator has a specific function. For example: Histamine and serotonin are designed to constrict smooth muscle cells.(1) Prostaglandins can regulate the release of histamine.(2) Serotonin increases vascular permeability, allowing for fluid to accumulate in the affected parts of the body.(3) Let"s not forget the bradykinin which is a potent vasodilator that increases the permeability of the blood vessels.(4)
- Unfortunately, the release of all these compounds can be uncomfortable for the host (you).
There is a silver lining:
Quercetin - an extremely active bioflavonoid which inhibits the manufacture and release of histamine.(5) It also acts as an antioxidant, sparing vitamin C for other actions.
Vitamin C - a noted antioxidant and immunostimulant (big word for "it supports your immune system"). Vitamin C inhibits histamine release and helps break it down if it is released.(6)
Pantothenic Acid - is important for the production of various immune system cells.(7)
Stinging Nettle Leaf - contains a large amount of Vitamins A, C, and E.(8) These vitamins are associated with both antioxidant and immune system modulating activities.(9)
Bromelain - is found in the stem of the pineapple. A proteolytic enzyme, bromelain breaks up large, negatively charged proteins which attract fluid such as histamine and bradykinin.
Magnesium - is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions relating to every system in the body including relaxation of smooth muscle cells.(10)
Ingredients: Per 3 caps:
Vitamin C 250 mg, (from 336 mg magnesium ascorbate) pantothenic acid 250 mg, (from 275 mg d-calcium pantothenate), magnesium 66 mg, (from magnesium ascorbate), quercetin 1000 mg, (from dimorphandra mollis seed pods), bromelain 1200 GDU/g. 150 mg, stinging nettle leaf 100 mg, (freeze dried urtica dioica).
3-6 tabs daily, as a dietary supplement.