Anti-allergy algae

Anti-allergy algae

Anti-allergy algae 

Summer may be on the way, but it’s not sunshine and smiles for everyone. For many summer can be accompanied with sneezing and streaming eyes, as pollen causes allergies and hay fever to flare up.
For those who suffer throughout the summer anti-histamine tablets are usually close to hand, but new research has shown there could be a more natural solution for beating allergies this year…

In a new study1 scientists looked at two natural proteins found in spirulina, a type of blue green algae that grows in fresh water and can be cultivated and dried to form a food supplement.
The researchers looked at how these proteins affected ‘mast cells’, a type of body cell from our immune system involved in allergic reactions. They discovered that the proteins were capable of reducing histamine release from mast cells – histamine being the natural chemical responsible for many of the allergic reactions we are used to seeing, such as sneezing and itching.
In short, the scientists found that extracts from spirulina appeared to act as natural anti-histamines, great news for those looking for a natural remedy for their allergies this summer.

The best spirulina?
BodyMe are a leading natural supplements company and produce a range of high quality organic spirulina products.

Cultivated in natural fresh water ponds in a clean and fresh open-air environment, after purity filtering their algae is dried to produce the finest quality organic spirulina powder.
Available as a straight powder, which can be added to juice, water or smoothies, BodyMe spirulina is also available in tablet form (formed without binders by simply pressure pressing powder into tablets) or plant based capsules.
Prices start at just £5.99 and 20p from every bag bought goes to the Healthy Planet organisation to help preserve the world in which we live for future generations.

For further details or to buy visit www.bodyme.co.uk

Please note: Always consult your doctor before using supplements if pregnant or breast feeding

1. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2014 Nov;58(11):The role of peptides derived from Spirulina maxima in downregulation of Fc?RI-mediated allergic responses. Vo TS1, Ngo DH, Kang KH, Park SJ, Kim SK.

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