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Allergy - What is an allergic reaction?

Allergic inflammation and nutritional interventions

Allergy

Immune mechanisms, IgE and mast cells

A NutriDesk tutorial

Allergies

"Allergies are very common and increasing in Australia and New Zealand, affecting around one in three people at some time in their lives. There are many different causes of allergy and symptoms vary from mild to potentially life threatening. Allergy is also one of the major factors associated with the cause and persistence of asthma. However, the good news is that for most allergies, effective prevention and treatment options are available." Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy.

This NutriDesk tutorial will show the underlying mechanism of an allergic reaction from either an air-borne allergen such as pollen to a life-threatening food allergy.

The rationale in using diet and nutraceutical interventions is explained.

As stated by the well renowned pioneer in nutrigenomics from Tufts University, Dr Jose Ordovas:
"The gene is the gun, but the environment is the finger on the trigger"

The environment includes your diet and nutrition. Your nutritional status can have a profound impact on how your immune cells respond to an allergic insult.


Leukotrienes are powerful fast-acting, close-range hormones released by most cells including mast cells, that cause many of the symptoms of allergy and are more powerful than histamine in creating allergic symptoms and signs in individuals. Modifying leukotrienes by dietary measures and supplements is an integrated approach to clincial management that should definitely be considered in the quest to control the debilitating effects of allergies.

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