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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Bee Pollen for Allergies

"My Top 10 Tips to Remain Allergy Free This Year
  1. 2 - 3 months before summer (the earlier the better), gradually introduce quality bee pollen into your diet. Take 1 - 2 tablespoons per day after you have gradually introduced it into your diet.  Read my article on how to properly desensitize yourself. Remember to start with very small amounts.
  2. Try removing gluten from your diet for 4 weeks.  Foods containing gluten are highly allergenic due to their overconsumption and GMO status.   Observe if your symptoms get better or worse.
  3. Remove any dairy products from your diet for 4 weeks.  Observe if you symptoms get better or worse.  
  4. Take extra Vitamin C and Quercetin.  I recommend taking 3 - 5 grams during allergy season.  These are both natural anti-histamines.
  5. Take 1 – 2 tablespoons of raw, local honey each day. Click here to read a great article on using local honey for allergies.
  6. Control your stress levels (exercise, sleep, mediation, yoga, breathing)  If stress is an issue, try taking the product Ultimate Anti- Stress to help you deal with stress.
  7. Use an immune balancing product like ImmunoSmart.  This will help your immune system to react properly to allergens that you encounter.  It will balance out your immune system.
  8. Change your fabric softener, laundry detergent, household cleaners to natural, green non-allergenic brands with no fragrances. Chemical overload stresses the liver and weakens the immune system.
  9. Remember to change your furnace filter every 3 months.
  10. Avoid sugar and food with added sugar.  Sugar suppresses and confuses your immune system for up to 8 hours after ingestion."

RELEVANCE: The bee pollen is used in folk medicine to alleviate allergic reactions. The bee pollen phenolic extract (BPPE) consists in phenolic compounds (flavonoids) from plants picked by Apis mellifera bee.
RESULTS: The BPPE treatment (200mg/kg) showed inhibition of the paw edema, IgE and IgG(1) OVA-specific production, leukocyte migration to the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and EPO activity in lungs. In addition, BPPE treatment showed partial protection on the anaphylactic shock reaction induced by OVA. Treatment with myricetin (5 mg/kg) also inhibited pulmonary cell migration and IgE and IgG(1) OVA-specific production.
CONCLUSIONS: These results support the hypothesis the myricetin is one of the flavonoids of BPPE responsible for the anti-allergic effect and a potential tool to treat allergies.

A new report, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, describes the case of a 30-year-old woman who started to take bee pollen and a few other supplements. On day two of her new supplement regimen, she had to be rushed to the emergency room because her eyelids, lips and throat began to swell, and she had difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath and felt faint. Doctors discovered she had suffered from seasonal allergies in the past. The bee pollen apparently put her over the edge.

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