In these cold winter days, most of us are looking forward to the first signs of spring. But if you suffer from hay fever, the springtime may not bring you much joy. The lengthening days in March herald the start of the birch tree pollen season – and, once that’s over, there will be plenty of other kinds of pollen to contend with. Even if you don’t have a pollen allergy, airborne allergens and irritants can cause a multitude of unpleasant symptoms.
Hay fever and asthma involve allergies to inhaled particles in which the immune system produces antibodies of a kind called ‘immunoglobulin E’ (IgE). This triggers the release of histamine, an inflammatory substance. Airborne particles can also cause non-allergic irritation and inflammation problems, such as sinusitis or conjunctivitis.
Over-the-counter antihistamine drugs may help to mask the symptoms and provide temporary relief, but they often come with side effects such as a dry mouth, drowsiness and headaches. Worse still, in older people, these medications can increase the risks of cognitive impairment, confusion and dementia.1 So, wouldn’t it be better to find a natural remedy that actually gets to the root of the problem and doesn’t cause any undesirable side effects?
Well, now you can, with Allerase from Enzymedica. Allerase contains an enzyme blend that supports the body’s natural ability to identify and respond to common irritants, promoting healthy respiratory function. These enzymes have been specifically chosen to break down the inhaled molecules that commonly cause allergic and inflammatory reactions, as well as to destroy the excess mucus that’s produced when the respiratory system is under stress.
Pollen, moulds, dust mites and even traffic fumes can all trigger hay fever
Although hay fever is commonly described as an allergy to pollen, it’s actually an allergy to certain proteins that are contained in pollen grains or carried on their surfaces. Similar proteins are also present in moulds and fungus spores and in inhaled particles from dust mite debris, pet dander, feathers and other sources.2 Studies have shown that urban air pollution may also be involved. For instance, pollen proteins can bind to diesel exhaust particles in the air, and children’s risks of hay fever, asthma and atopic eczema are increased by their exposure to traffic fumes.3
Enzymes that enable the body to split allergy-causing proteins into harmless fragments can greatly reduce the immune reaction and the subsequent unpleasant symptoms. Our bodies naturally produce such enzymes, which are particularly abundant in white blood cells. But we make less of them as we get older, which explains why hay fever and other allergies can appear unexpectedly in later life.
While proteins are the main culprits in pollen grains, other substances can also trigger hay fever. A polysaccharide (a kind of complex sugar molecule) called chitin makes up the scaly skin of dust mites and is present in moulds and fungus spores. Chitin can act in the same way as pollen proteins to cause an inflammatory immune response and has been implicated in asthma, hay fever and other allergic conditions.4 And, while our bodies naturally produce chitin-destroying chitinase enzymes as a defence mechanism, we tend to make less of them with advancing age.
Allerase works by replacing these and other natural enzymes. Enzymedica are enzyme specialists and have developed specific enzyme formulations for medicinal use for the last 20 years. When it comes to natural, plant-derived enzymes, there are hundreds to choose from and, for a supplement to be effective, the target allergens must be matched with the most effective enzymes. Enzymedica has patented a special process called Thera-blend, for combining multiple enzymes, resulting in optimum performance in the body.
You could say goodbye to your streaming nose and blocked sinuses thanks to the mucolytic enzymes in Allerase
Among the most miserable symptoms of hay fever are a constantly running nose, blocked sinuses and ghastly post-nasal drip. All of these are due to the over-production of mucus, which is actually a defence mechanism the body activates in an attempt to protect the delicate tissues of the nose and airways and flush away irritating particles. The problem is that mucus production frequently continues long after it ceases to perform a useful function.
Mucus-related symptoms can be alleviated by mucolytic enzymes, which attack glycoproteins, the main chemical constituents of mucus. Mucolytic enzymes were the subject of much scientific research in the 1950s, but fell out of favour with the advent of decongestant drugs, which were more profitable for the pharmaceutical companies. Ironically, these enzymes are now back in the limelight, as a means of delivering drugs across the mucus barrier.
Allerase contains a high-potency mucolytic enzyme blend called Mucolase, which targets and destroys excess mucus. Mucolase assists the body’s natural ability to break down and eliminate excess mucus in the sinus and nasal passages, helping to relieve congestion and dry up watery mucus. Another enzyme included in Allerase is starch-digesting amylase. In addition to its important role in food digestion, amylase is also believed to reduce histamine levels and its antihistamine qualities may help relieve seasonal allergies.
With its cutting-edge combination of enzymes, Allerase could help you to avoid the misery of hay fever and related conditions, reduce your reliance on conventional medicines and avoid the side effects that accompany them. So, this year, you can really look forward to the springtime and all the good things it brings!
What to take for best results
The recommended dose of Enzymedica Allerase is one capsule three times daily, on an empty stomach, one hour before or two hours after a meal. More may be taken as needed.
Allerase is free from common dietary allergens and contains no added sugar or artificial colours or flavours. It is made from natural plant enzymes, without genetically modified organisms or biotechnology ingredients. Allerase is kosher and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
It’s important to seek medical advice if you have chronic respiratory symptoms or think that you may have asthma.
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