Will Vitamin and Other Supplements help ward off Allergy
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has floated the statistics which says that about 4 in every 10 Americans makes use of some kind of vitamins and herbal supplements to increase the body immunity and keep the bones strong. However, the big question is whether these help in alleviating allergies or not.
Let us try to know what is the role of Supplements in treating Allergy?
You might find advertisements claiming that the supplements help fight allergies but all such statements do not have any support from the Food and Drug Administration. There is no scientific evidence present which proves the efficacy of these supplements in treating allergies.
The food experts are harping on the fact that people should not make purchases blindfoldedly as most of these supplements do not contain the actual ingredients mentioned overleaf. It is therefore, very important to pay close attention to what we are actually buying in the name of these so called effective vitamins and supplements.
There is a list beneath which gives details about the various foods which have been promoted or treating various allergies. These are:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Evening primrose
- Stinging nettle
- Dietary Vitamin E
All these products are under the radar of NCCAM to test for their efficacy in treating the allergies. The scientists are trying to know in detail as to how the herbs and vitamins help in treating the allergies. What is the mechanism behind it?
Probiotics are a widely researched topic in this regard. As said, probiotics are friendly bacteria which are found in yogurt, milk etc. It is believed that they help in boosting the body’s immune system. However, still nothing concrete could be said but experts say that there is no harm taking them either.
Natural or Herbal do not mean that they are safe
This is actually very important as people take vitamins and other herbal supplements thinking that they will not pose any side effects or health issues, however this is not the case. Even natural products can cause adverse effects.
What the doctors instead lay emphasis is to know what actually causes the allergy and then try to avoid exposing as much as you can. Some people begin taking Echinacea thinking that it will heal [p reduce their seasonal allergy symptoms. However, instead of decreasing, they make your condition worse. How? This is because both Echinacea and ragweed belong to the same family and if you are allergic to ragweed pollens or chamomile, it will increase the symptoms only.
Another harmful impact which these products can cause is nullifying the effect of over-the-counter medications. They actually interfere with the prescribed medicines and can cause severe side effects. It is hence better to talk to your doctor whether to take any herbal products or supplements in conjunction with the prescribed medication.