March 13, 2014


Spring means longer days and more time spent enjoying the great outdoors. Rest easy… you don’t have to be a prisoner to your seasonal allergies any longer! Our extensive collection of supplements will have you feeling better in no time, without the drowsiness and long list of side effects associated with most allopathic medicines.

I frequently hear people saying that they have tried a supplement, and it didn’t work for them. When I dig a little more, I usually find that they either didn’t take it as directed nor for as long as they needed for the effects to kick in.

Here are a few tips about making sure your supplements work for you:
-Check with your physician about any potential contraindications before beginning any supplement program.
-Take regularly for at least 6 weeks to begin noticing a difference.
-Follow instructions on label about intake (ie. take with food, empty stomach).
-Follow dosage recommendations on label, and adjust as needed.
-Taking smaller, divided doses throughout the day instead of one large dose, will help with absorption/ efficacy.

Agaricus blazei by Fungi Perfecti for its immune modulating properties

Ashwagandha – The natural steroids found in this adaptogenic herb have immune-modulating properties. An alcohol free liquid version by Nature’s Answer is a favorite… tastes just like blackstrap molasses!

Bee pollen – Studies show that the flavonoids in bee pollen (particularly myricetin) have the potential to treat allergies.

Biminne – An herbal preparation that usually consists of: Scutellaria baicalensis, Ginkgo biloba, Epimedium sagittatum, Schizandra chinensis, Prunus Mume, Ledebouriella divaricata and Astragalus membranaceus.

Cocoa – Research shows that flavonoid-rich cocoa exhibits a preventive and therapeutic effect on allergies. A favorite of mine is Navitas Naturals raw organic cacao powder. It is unsweetened, and delicious in fruit smoothies or chia bowls!

Fermented foods – Probiotics are a happy by-product of the fermentation process. For those that consume dairy, yogurt with live probiotics are a great bet. Vegans, don’t despair! Probiotics can also be found in foods like sauerkraut, kim chi, and kombucha.

Metagenics UltraInflamX – A medical food designed to calm inflammation. This low-allergen powdered shake contains turmeric and antioxidants to help relieve allergies by working on the gut.

Omega 3 oils – If you do not eat fish, you can obtain these from algal sources or from chia seeds. The efficacy of molecularly distilled fish oils are far superior to vegan sources, however. Consult with your physician or a naturopathic doctor about trying high dose fish oil to calm an overactive immune system.

Probiotics – About 70% of your immune system is in your gut. Research is limited due to the wide strains of probiotics available, but make no mistake that there is a definite link between balanced intestinal flora and immune health. Pearls Elite Probiotic are a personal favorite; they’re tiny, pack a punch, and don’t require refrigeration!

Pycnogenol (birch/ pine bark extract) – Studies show that pycnogenol has the ability to tame allergic rhinitis, asthma, and exhibits anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating properties.
Sorrel – A constituent in a proprietary homeopathic blend by Bionorica called Sinupret. Has been shown to relieve allergy symptoms, only as a component of Sinupret.

Stinging nettle – Urtica dioica has long been used as a treatment for allergies. This property is likely due to its anti-inflammatory activity. Chloroxygen by Herbs Etc. is a trusted brand. Follow dosage instructions on label.

Turmeric with Meriva – Meriva is a patented turmeric phytosome (turmeric + lecithin). Usually, the product contains soy in the form of phosphatidylcholine, but is free of soy protein and antigens. Lecithin helps increase the bioavailability of turmeric, which is generally not well absorbed otherwise. This is my favorite of all the supplements, and works very much like big-gun steroidal medications without the nasty side effects. Those on blood thinners or with a tendency for gall stones should avoid turmeric.

Written by L.A.-based nutritionist, Vivian Kanchian
Contributing writer for
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