As many as 50 million Americans have allergies. Seasonal allergic rhinitis, known as Hay Fever affects approximately 36 million people in the U.S., while food allergies affect about fourteen million. Most Americans reach for a prescription drug or OTC anti-histamine to treat their allergies, however, new research indicates that allergies are due to a deficiency of specific bioflavonoids found in certain fruits and vegetables. This is good news for allergy sufferers because it means that if you correct the deficiency in your diet you may be able to cure your allergies completely with foods.
Hippocrates said, "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food."
Allergy Drug Side-effectsMost drugs work by blocking some body function rather than correcting the problem and they all have side effects. The top selling allergy drugs are no exception. They work by blocking histamine, which temporarily relieves some of the symptoms but often cause headaches, dry mouth, fatigue and drowsiness as well.
Natural Allergy TreatmentUnlike the drugs that only block histamine or histamine receptors but never cure the problem, nature makes some great tasting foods that actually stop the symptoms by correcting the cause of the allergic hypersensitivity. Mast Cells are the cells of the immune system that release histamine and other allergic chemicals that cause the symptoms of a runny nose, sneezing, tearing, itchy eyes, itchy throat and swelling of the mucous membranes, etc. Special proanthoyanidin bioflavonoids, found in apples, grape seeds, tomato skins, green tea and onions stabilize hypersensitive Mast Cells and thereby prevent histamine from being released too easily. When you have enough proanthocyanidin bioflavonoids in your cell membranes you don't need a drug to block the histamine.
Table 1. Proanthocyanidin Content of Selected Foods (Units = mg per 100 grams)
Source: USDA Database for the Proanthocyanidin (Monomers - Trimers) Content of Slected Foods 2004
Why You Need Procyanidin BioflavonoidsWhen you eat foods rich in proanthocyanidin bioflavonoids they actually get incorporated directly into cell membranes throughout the body, including Mast Cells. When the Mast Cells are healthy they have a thick membrane around them like a thick peel on an orange. However, when the Mast Cells are deficient in bioflavonoids their membranes are very thin. And just like a thin peeled orange that breaks open too easily and squirts its juice all over, a Mast Cell that is deficient in bioflavonoids is so thin that it breaks open much too easily and releases its histamine and other allergic chemicals far too easily.
How to Stop Hay Fever Allergies FastTo stabilize your Mast Cells and stop them from releasing too much histamine and other allergic and inflammatory chemicals you need to build up your Mast Cell membranes by eating proanthocyanidin rich foods every day. It will take several months to correct a proanthocyanidin deficiency by diet alone. However, if you want to stop allergic symptoms fast you can take the formula that I prescribe to my patients. It is called FlavinoxTM and it contains a combination of Leucoselect® grape seed extract, green tea extract, quercitin from onion skins and vitamin C. Leucoselect® grape seed extract is sold as a prescription drug in France and Germany, but is available without a prescription in FlavinoxTM.
I have seen many patients who come to my office in the Spring carrying a box of Kleenex and their Claritin or Zyrtec who are still sneezing incessantly, and unable to see out of their watery red eyes and unable to think due to Hay Fever congestion. Some are skeptical to learn that their allergies are due to a deficiency of bioflavonoids, but they are quickly convinced when their Hay Fever symptoms clear up within 30 minutes after taking their first dose of FlavinoxTM.
Missy Gilliland, a Phoenix horse trainer who has her own Dressage Training Stable, is a perfect example. She spends most of her time outdoors every Spring riding horses and giving lessons. Her allergies are horrific when the dust, the wind and the pollen combine. She has tried all of the anti-allergy drugs and they just don't stop the itching, burning and watery eyes. At times her allergies are so bad that she can barely see or think. But within 15 minutes of taking her first dose of FlavinoxTM she called to tell me that her Hay Fever symptoms had completely disappeared and she could see and think clearly again. She says FlavinoxTM is fantastic.
Food AllergiesUnlike airborne allergies and a few food allergies that are associated with IgE antibodies and cause immediate hypersensitivty reactions, most food allergies are associated with IgG antibodies and cause delayed hypersensitivity reactions that typically take 8 to 72 hours to manifest. Food allergies can be the cause of your fatigue, moodiness, eczema, asthma, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine headaches and even weight gain, as well as your child's temper tantrums or ADHD and auto immune disorders including multiple sclerosis. You can reduce your food allergy symptoms by getting more proanthocyanidin bioflavonoids but to eliminate them completely you need to avoid them for 120 days.
More Patient StoriesDelaney was only 2 1/2 years old when her mom first brought her to see me. She had severe mood swings and temper tantrums. At times she would screech non-stop every 30 seconds for hours, or slap hands in the air repeatedly for hours. She would fly into a rage within 45 minutes of eating wheat and became a little devil. Once we determined her allergy foods and eliminated them she turned into an angel. She is a different person now, sweet and patient and helpful. The transformation was truly amazing.
Donna was a 45 year old woman who suffered from Multiple Sclerosis. She was always fatigued and had been plagued by weakness and numbness for years before her diagnosis. Once we tested and eliminated her food allergies all of her symptoms went into remission. She felt so great and had so much energy that she asked if she could stay on the allergy elimination diet forever.
Katherine came to see me because she was stressed out. She was anxious, depressed and overweight. A 34 year old hair dresser, she had tried to lose weight but couldn't. She was working out and eating next to nothing but still couldn't lose weight until we discovered the foods that she was allergic to. Once she eliminated those foods, the pounds just seemed to melt away and she went from size 12 to size 4 in four months on the allergy elimination diet. She looks sensational and feels great.
Heather is a 35 year old mom of 3 who was 70 lbs over weight and could not lose the weight even though she ate very few calories and exercised daily. After testing and finding out that she was allergic to she lost 70 lbs in 5 months. She couldn't believe how easy it was once she eliminated the trigger foods that were causing her body to hold onto the extra weight.
Allergy TestingIf you or your family members have any of these conditions you should get tested. At the Hansen Clinic we perform an advanced allergy test that requires only one tube of blood to test both IgE and IgG allergies in 100 foods. The old-fashioned scratch test is inferior because it only measures IgE allergies. It is also barbaric because it requires 100 different injections of the suspected allergens under the skin to test 100 items. For more information about our advanced allergy testing, or FlavinoxTM, the fast acting natural alternative to Claritin and Zyrtec®, go to .