Q: What are your suggestions for chronic allergies?
— David S., Fairfax, Va.
A: There are a number of supplements and nutraceuticals that can reduce allergic reactions. Most important are quercetin, curcumin, vitamin D3, omega-3 oils (especially DHA), vitamin C and magnesium. All are known to reduce inflammation and some reduce the release of histamine and other harmful chemicals from mast cells.
Vitamin D3, in a dose of 5,000 IU a day, reduces immune over-reactivity, and vitamin C is an anti-inflammatory and reduces mast-cell activity.
Maintaining your gut probiotics also protects you against immune over-activity. Ellagic acid and ferulic acid (antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables) reduce inflammation as well.
Q: Do you have information to share about possible causes of dry eye syndrome?
— Patricia P., Santa Ana, Calif.
A:Dry eyes in women most often occurs with menopause and often can be corrected with natural female hormone replacement. The special fat called CLA also reduces dry eyes and skin. It is important to see a practitioner who is trained in natural hormone replacement.
Sitting in front of a computer can also result in dry eyes. Studies have shown that people blink far less when working on a computer.
Q: Have you ever heard of iodine recommended for cancer?
— Hein de V. Opera, Africa
A: It is more often used to prevent cancer, especially cancers of the thyroid and breast and possibly ovary and prostate cancers. It is important to add selenium (100 mcg to 200 mcg) as selenomethonine, to the iodine to prevent toxicity from iodine itself.
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