If you sneeze at the slightest provocation – whether someone nearby is wearing perfume or you’re exposed to cats or dogs, or just because the calendar now says “spring” – read on to discover a natural way to improve your situation.
While some people suggest you avoid (or try to avoid) every allergen, you likely have already discovered the impossibility of that scenario. There are simply too many allergens in this world to avoid them all… try as you might.
But there’s an amazing ingredient in nearly every Indian kitchen that can aid your cause tremendously.
Enter the Indian Kitchen for This Staple
Turmeric is the spice of India. It is part of the ginger family. Similar to ginger it is a rhizome, an underground stem.
Turmeric – from which the antioxidant curcumin is its most active polyphenol – is the most common culinary spice in the Indian kitchen. It possesses a fragrant aroma and faintly bitter flavor. It also stains whatever it touches. ☹️
It is extracted from the roots of the Curcuma longa plant.
Over the centuries, spices have been used to ease common health complaints.
Curcumin’s Profound Health Benefits
Curcumin has attained a high level of notoriety in the past couple decades… though its use goes back thousands of years to Ayurvedic medicine.
Curcumin offers a wide range of health benefits with little to no downside.
But is curcumin able to offer relief from allergies and/or asthma?
First, What Are Allergies?
Your immune system routinely responds to triggers it deems harmful. It’s not supposed to signal “danger” to things like tree/grass pollens, animal dander, dust mites, and so on.
However, sometimes your immune system overreacts to things that aren’t really enemies. Your immune system tags them as enemies. This could include pollen, pet dander, foods, and any number of other airborne substances.
That results in overactive sinuses, congested airways, digestive issues, or inflamed itchy skin leading to rashes or eczema.
Antibodies are also called immunoglobulin E (IgE). They’re bound to mast cells and are released to offset foreign substances that the immune system defines as alien.
When the body interacts with these foreign substances (antigens) it releases histamine, which triggers inflammation.
Consequently, you may experience hay fever with its cold-like symptoms… or even anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction, in extreme cases.
What Is Asthma, and How Do Allergies Trigger It?
Asthma is a chronic disorder in which recurrent inflammation causes airways in the lungs to swell and narrow the air passageway. This leads to shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheezing, and coughing. Difficulty breathing, in a nutshell.
While there’s no known cure for asthma, it is possible to control symptoms.
For some, asthma is a minor inconvenience. For others, a frequent and possibly life-threatening issue. Most would love to say good riddance to it.
Some of the most well-known asthma triggers include:
- Exercising in dry cold air.
- Irritants including dust particles, gasses, or chemical fumes (yard, cleaning, traffic, or industrial chemicals).
- Airborne substances such as mold spores, pollen, insect bites, and pet dander can trigger allergic reactions and an asthma attack.
In other words, allergies can trigger an asthma attack. In some folks, a cold or respiratory flu can also trigger an asthma attack.
Curcumin for Asthma and Allergies
Research has mostly focused on the inflammation support and antioxidant aspects of curcumin, such as it being more effective at lowering inflammation than ibuprofen and aspirin.
A trial was conducted on 77 patients with mild to moderate symptoms of a chronic disease called bronchial asthma. Each patient received 1,000 mg of curcumin per day, split into two 500-mg doses for 30-days.
The curcumin group saw significant improvements in airway obstruction compared to the control group (which used standard asthma treatments only). Researchers believe that curcumin’s role in inflammation control led to improved lung function and called it a safe add-on therapy for the condition.
In the above study, airway obstruction was measured with a forced expiratory volume (FEV1) test – which shows how much air a person can forcefully exhale in one second.
Interestingly, an earlier study showed that people who ate turmeric in spice form (curry dishes) at least once per month had better FEV1 scores than those who ate less curry. And this was among smokers and people with asthma!
In addition, people taking curcumin experienced fewer allergy effects due to the inhibiting of histamine release from mast cells.
Another trial evaluated curcumin’s effects on airflow and nasal congestion in patients with allergic rhinitis (AR). This study was double-blinded, randomized, and included 241 patients. Each patient received either oral curcumin or a placebo for a 60-day period.
The study showed significant curcumin benefits for allergic individuals, with a reduction in symptoms such as congestion and sneezing.
Curcumin also shows promise to suppress mast cell activation and IgE mediated allergic reaction in a group of mice.
A mouse study also showed that turmeric significantly improved food allergy symptoms. And inhibited IgE and IgG1 levels that normally rise when food allergens are present.
Another study found that curcumin’s immunomodulatory action comes from how it interacts with a variety of immune cells including mast cells, eosinophils, epithelial cells, basophils, neutrophils, and lymphocytes. One of the most important natural compounds with high-potency immune response is curcumin.
The bottom line is that curcumin shows significant potential as an adjunct treatment for allergies and asthma.
Curcumin affects a vast array of other positive effects as well, and since at least the study on AR showed improvements over a 60-day period, now would be an opportune time to start preparing for the spring pollen season to arrive on your doorstep.
The Challenge and How We Solved It
Curcumin’s big downfall it that it’s notorious for poor absorption… which means you might take a curcumin supplement and not even be able to notice a difference. At least not with a reasonable dosage.
We solved this problem with our Liquid Protein Scaffold™ (LPS™) technology. It uses a protein scaffold. So as your body digests the protein, it also assimilates the curcumin. The protein shuttles it into your cells.
Studies with our technology show absorption in as little as 20 minutes. Seventy percent of users felt a dramatic change within 7 days. And 50% of users felt it in less than 24 hours.
LPS™ technology is the difference-maker in curcumin absorption. If you’re counting on curcumin to support your health in any way, you owe it to yourself to choose a brand noted for its quick absorption. After all, its promise is so great that it should be the supplement you can feel.
Curcumin is generally very well tolerated. However, you should use caution and talk with your physician or healthcare provider if you use pharmaceutical blood thinners, as curcumin also acts as a blood thinner.
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