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Common Sense Seasonal Allergy Relief

ALLERGIESNo one wants to walk around with a daily runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes and these irritating allergy symptoms contribute to a significant amount of lost work and school each year, especially in the spring. Fortunately, there are some easy steps you can take to find relief, the first being to start supporting your body before allergy season is in full bloom as it’s easier to keep the overactive immune system in check before things get bad.

 
Use all the tools at your disposal.

Before you start self-treating with over-the-counter medications, the most important thing to do first is discuss all of your symptoms with a doctor to determine whether you have allergies and what the underlying causes might be. Then consider your doctor’s recommendations on testing and treatment. Medications alone are helpful for some but often provide little or incomplete relief for others.

An integrative approach explores how conventional therapies such as medications and natural options may work together to help you feel better. This type of approach may include a combination of medications, lifestyle changes (such as new bedding or air filters), and complementary therapies such as nasal rinses and supplements. (Before taking a new supplement, talk with a doctor about the risks and benefits and potential interactions with medications and other supplements.)

Check your environment.

Managing your environment is key when it comes to addressing allergies and doing what you can to minimize exposure to pollen and other irritants. For those who suffer from ragweed allergy (hay fever), symptoms tend to be worse in the late summer and early fall.

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommends these measures to minimize exposure:

  • Keep your windows closed at night.
  • If possible, use air conditioning and/or air filters.
  • Try to stay indoors when the pollen counts are at their highest.
  • Avoid or assign heavy pollen exposure tasks such as mowing the lawn or raking leaves to someone else.
  • Consider not letting pets that have been rolling around outside in the grass sleep on furniture such as your bed or the couch.

Check out these great products that may help with your allergy relief:

AllQlear by Integrative Therapeutics Provides Fast-Acting Seasonal Support† AllQlear is a fast acting seasonal support supplement, containing a proprietary blend of quail egg which contains ovomucoids that act as a trypsin inhibitor to support healthy stabilization of mast cells.

ALLER-C is a potent and effective combination formula. Quercetin and Hesperidin (from Citrus Bioflavonoids) have been shown to be two of the most useful and physiologically active flavonoids. This formula can be used for maintaining and supporting proper levels of enzymes and physiologic factors necessary for normal respiratory and sinus function.

AlliHist Relief (previously BioAllergy Plus) is an exciting nutritional product that supports healthy sinus and upper respiratory function. This formula helps the body reduce sensitivity to food, airborne, and contact substances using botanicals and enzymes without the typical sedating effects of antihistamine ingredients.

Let’s Discuss Collagen

CollagenJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

 

 

Collagen is the body’s most abundant protein, comprising approximately 30% of overall protein content, and 70% of the protein found in the skin. As the major fibrous protein of connective tissues, collagen is found in bones, muscles, skin, ligaments, tendons, blood vessels and the digestive system, as well as the extracellular matrix, an intricate network of macromolecules that determines the physical properties of body tissues. Without its strength and elasticity our bodies might literally fall apart, as collagen proteins form long chains that provide the structure that holds the body together. Although 16 types of collagen have been identified, the majority of collagen in the body consists of types I, II, and III, all of which support the health and function of tendons, ligaments, muscles, and cartilage and help the tissues to stretch and absorb shock.

Largely composed of the amino acids glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline, collagen allows our tendons and ligaments to move with ease. It works synergistically with keratin to provide the skin with strength, smoothness, elasticity, and resilience. While some of us may think of collagen in terms of its effects on skin health, type I collagen fibrils have enormous tensile strength, such that it can be stretched without breaking. Collagen fibers found in tendons, where they connect muscles with bone, must be able to withstand immense forces. Per the National Institutes of health (NIH), gram for gram, type I collagen is stronger than steel. Type II, the major collagen of cartilage, allows joints to absorb shocks.

Collagen is manufactured by specialized cells known as fibroblasts. Once secreted, collagen strands undergo binding, twisting, cross-linking, folding, and layering to produce the final product. As the enzymes that aid these conversions require vitamin C as a cofactor, a deficiency in vitamin C will inhibit collagen synthesis. As well, genetic defects, nutritional deficiencies and digestive issues can also affect collagen production. Over time, the natural creation of collagen begins to wane, and collagen fibers break down or no longer regenerate. Signs of degeneration include facial lines and wrinkles, as well as joint pain and stiffness. Lifestyle factors, such as smoking, excess sugar consumption, and high amounts of sun exposure may also contribute to depleting collagen levels. Supplementation with high quality, bioavailable collagen peptides may support bone strength, joint flexibility, skin suppleness, and intestinal health.

Skin, hair and nail health: Collagen aids skin cell renewal and repair. Controlled studies have shown that collagen hydrolysate (peptides) improved skin elasticity, dryness, roughness and texture. Healthy hair and nail growth require collagen as well as keratin and minerals. Dietary collagen works from within to naturally enhance the skin, hair and nails by promoting the collagen formation that supports the skin’s moisture, helps to strengthen nails and adds volume to hair.

Joint health: Collagen loss can lead to joint pain, stiffness and swelling. Studies published in the International Journal of Medical Sciences found that daily supplementation with collagen decreased painful joint swelling and enhanced daily activities, generally improving quality of life for those suffering from joint issues.

Gut health: Amino acids in collagen help to build the connective tissue that lines the colon and the gastrointestinal tract, helping to prevent intestinal permeability or leaky gut. Consuming more collagen may help to soothe and heal the lining of the intestinal tract.

Blood vessel health: Collagen surrounds every blood vessel and protects the vessel from damage. Along with elastin, collagen helps keep the inside of arteries and veins smooth and elastic, allowing the transport of blood, nutrients and oxygen throughout the entire body.

Muscle health: Collagen fibers make up skeletal muscles, as well as smooth muscles found in the bladder, heart, and reproductive system. Collagen fibers provide muscles with the strength and structure necessary for movement and function.

Nutrients that support collagen synthesis include:

  • Foods rich in amino acids, such as beans and soy.
  • Anthocyanidins found red, blue, and purple fruits and vegetables.
  • Fruits and veggies with high vitamin C content, such as oranges, peppers, and broccoli.
  • Foods high in vitamin A, such as dark leafy greens, tropical fruits, oysters, and oily fish.
  • Plant foods that provide beta-carotene, such as sweet potatoes and carrots.
  • Resveratrol and flavonoids from fruits and vegetables provide antioxidants that protect collagen and elastin for skin elasticity. These compounds boost circulation to the tiny blood vessels near the skin’s surface, thereby enhancing the skin’s natural radiance.
  • Hyaluronic acid (HA), found in bone broth, increases skin hydration, stimulates collagen production and improves skin elasticity. Foods that support the natural production of HA include root vegetables, tofu, and tempeh.

Customer favorite collagen products from Vital Proteins® include:

Collagen PeptidesCollagen Peptides: This very popular and easy to use supplement provides 18 g of protein and 20 g of 100% pure collagen peptides per serving in support of strong bones, youthful skin, reduced joint discomfort and restorative sleep. Sourced from bovine hide, this minimally processed, pasture-raised, grass-fed product is flavorless and odorless and mixes easily with cold or warm food or drink. Gluten and dairy free, paleo-friendly, kosher formulation.

Marine CollagenMarine Collagen: This product supplies Non-GMO collagen peptides from verified wild-caught snapper in support of joint and digestive health, as well as youthful skin, healthier hair and stronger nails. Gluten free, Non-GMO, kosher formulation.

Organic Free Range...Organic Free-Range Chicken Bone Broth Collagen: USDA organic chicken bone broth is crafted with bones from free-range chicken that is slowly simmered to extract maximum nutrients. Low sodium, MSG free, and rich in vitamins and minerals, this clean, tasteless, quickly absorbed powder supports digestion, aids immune function and promotes overall wellness. Gluten free.

Collagen Beauty...Collagen Beauty Greens: This nourishing elixir provides Non-GMO Marine Collagen Peptides blended with healthy organic greens, hyaluronic acid, and probiotics in support of collagen formation, increased skin hydration, strengthened hair and nails, and overall wellness. Flavored with organic coconut water and Madagascar vanilla bean, this product provides a full array of amino acids, as well as vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Gluten free, Non-GMO, kosher formulation.

References:
Collagen: The Fibrous Proteins of the Matrix. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK21582/
Amino Acids to Produce Collagen. https://www.livestrong.com/article/428024-amino-acids-to-produce-collagen/
Foods to boost collagen naturally. http://www.naturalhealthnews.uk/article/foods-to-boost-collagen-naturally/

 

Flora Health – Featured Brand

FloraHealthSusan Brown Health and Wellness EditorProfessional Supplement Center now carries Flora Health, a line of highly respected, premium nutraceuticals manufactured in the USA. Established in 1965, this privately-owned company is known for its high standards in raw material selection, formulation, manufacturing, quality control and ecological awareness. Flora Health works with local farmers to obtain ecologically sustainable supplies of high quality, Non-GMO raw botanical ingredients. All plant materials and finished products must meet intensive specifications for quality, and are tested for physical identification, heavy metals, microbials, and pesticide residue.

Their quality intensive formulations include the use of vegetarian capsules, vegetarian sourced raw materials, therapeutic amounts of active ingredients combined with supportive ingredients, preferred value-added fillers, and the use of organic, Non-GMO raw materials. Their top tier manufacturing facility holds numerous prestigious certifications including Kosher Check, Non-GMO Verified Project, U.S. Tru-Label, Program Third-party certification for dietary supplement GMP, Certified Organic producer and Quality Assurance International (QAI).

To see additional products from Flora Health, please visit professionalsupplementcenter.com

Omega Sport plus 3.6...Omega Sport+™: Formulated for sustained energy, performance, and recovery, this omega-3, 6, and 9 oil provides support for foundational health, antioxidant protection, and a healthy inflammatory response. Additional ingredients include a proprietary blend of medium chain triglycerides, turmeric extract and vitamin D. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO, kosher, vegetarian formulation.

Elderberry CrystalsElderberry Crystals: These certified organic Elderberry Crystals provide antioxidant and immune support that is especially helpful during cold and flu season. R aw, all-natural elderberry crystals may be mixed with any beverage for a great tasting immune boost. No additional ingredients. Gluten free, Non-GMO, vegan formulation.

7 Sources™7 Sources™: This 100% plant-based essential fatty acid liquid blend provides seven sources of fatty acids in support of overall wellness and cognitive function. 7 Sources™ is formulated to provide all the foundational essential fats necessary for optimal bodily function. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO, kosher, vegan formulation.

Kinder Love®...Kinder Love® Children’s Multivitamin: This liquid formula supplies an array of vitamins, key minerals, and mild digestive herbs, as well as a proprietary blend of fruit and vegetable extracts. Naturally flavored with real fruit including grapes, apple, pineapple, apricot, passionfruit and lemon juice. Suitable for children over 4 years of age, teens and young adults. Gluten free, Non-GMO, kosher, vegetarian formulation.

Travel Care...Travel Care Probiotic: This travel-friendly, shelf stable supplement provides a clinically proven single strain probiotic shown to reduce incidence of traveler’s and antibiotic-associated gastrointestinal issues, as well as support for gastrointestinal health. Gluten free, Non-GMO, vegetarian formulation.