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Allergy Nutrition and Diet

  • Scientific studies have shown that only one to two percent of adults truly have a food allergy, and 90% of all food allergies are caused by the following eight foods: milk, egg, wheat, peanut, soy, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.
  • If you have allergy symptoms that you believe are food related, it's helpful to keep a food diary. By recording all of your meals and then comparing this with your reactions, you may begin to see some patterns.
  • Always seek qualified assistance if you, or a member of your family, want professional help for your food-allergy investigation. A good place to start is with a physician certified through the American College of Allergy and Immunology.
  • Studies in Agents and Actions and the Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan found that quercetin, a bioflavonoid, was able to reduce the release of histamine from mast cells -- an integral part of triggering allergic reactions.
  • Some studies indicate that vitamin C may have some abilities as an antihistamine, but the evidence is not consistent.

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  • A study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology (1996) found that the components in ginkgo biloba interfere with the action of platelet-activating factor, a key component in triggering allergic reactions.
  • The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology published a study which found that the compounds in the herb feverfew have an ability to inhibit the release of histamine from mast cells.
  • Commission E -- an expert committee on herbal remedies established by Germany's Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices -- has approved elder flower for use in colds and congestion as it can increase bronchial secretions. Eucalyptus leaf and oil is also Commission E-approved for use as an expectorant for congestion of the respiratory tract.

References and Sources: Medline, Pubmed, National Institutes of Health.

last update: November 2008

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