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Strong Defence for the Springtime Attack

Posted on 10/10/2012

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Strong Defence for the Springtime Attack – Don’t let allergies keep you locked inside this season.

Around 20% of Australians suffer from Hayfever (seasonal allergic rhinitis), symptoms are often annoying and can sap energy levels, leaving people feeling washed out and fatigued. Sufferers often feel as though allergy symptoms cut into their productivity and they may also limit their outdoor time to prevent frustrating symptoms.

An allergic reaction is over response by the immune system.  As it “attacks” the invading allergen it produces histamine and increases immune cells to try and remove the allergen.  The Immune system doesn’t “turn itself off” and continues to attack – causing frustrating symptoms like scratchy throat, sneezing, itching and watery eyes, blocked and running noses.  The body may consume more energy than usual with all the work involved in responding to the allergen and producing the resulting symptoms.

So what can you do to help with allergies?

Symptom relief is a priority for many people suffering from Hayfever. There are lots of possible treatments for the relief of Hayfever and allergy symptoms, different individuals may find different combinations of these work better than others.

A good diet, rest and exercise all support the functioning of a healthy immune system.  Supplementation with Fish Oils, Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Selenium are recommended as they support the functioning of the immune system. Vitamin D compounds are also selective immunosuppressants so can also be recommended with a good calcium intake.

Herbs are very useful but be sure they have an immune modulating effect, as some herbs can further stimulate the immune system, causing symptoms to worsen.

Astragalus membranaceus is a traditional Chinese herb used for allergies as it has immune regulating properties and can be taken long term to strengthen the system.  It has also shown anti-inflammatory properties, so this may help relieve sore throats, blocked noses and painful sinuses.  A recent scientific study conducted on Astragalus confirmed its ability to help reduce the symptoms of Hayfever in as little as 3 weeks of use. The study, designed to investigate the efficacy and safety of Astragalus membranaceus was a six week, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted in 48 adult patients. Compared to placebo, the trial showed there was a significant reduction in the intensity of rhinorrhea as well as a considerable number of other positive signals.*

Why Ki Immune Defence & Energy Formula?

KI Immune Defence & Energy Formula is a powerful combination of Astragalus (5g), clinically proven to reduce the severity of allergy symptoms, Shiitake Mushroom (3g) and Olive Leaf (2g). Ki Immune Defence & Energy Formula, taken ongoing for best results, can help strengthen an immune system exhausted by ongoing Hayfever symptoms and has the added bonus of being a strong energy tonic.

 

* Matkovic Z etal.  Efficacy and safety of Astragalus membranaceus in the treatment of patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis.  Phytotherapy Research 210, 24, 175-181.