The following article is based on a newsletter I originally wrote nearly 10 years ago on the products that can help with hay fever. I update this article every year, so if you are an old customer, it's worth a re-read even if you have read it before.
As there are a number of suggestions, inevitably, you are going to ask "Which product should I try first"? My personal view on this would be to put the liquid oxygen products products top of the pile. However that's not suggesting that other wouldn't work. We would definitely recommend reading the article in full, and giving all them your consideration - Mark G. Lester, Company Director.
“This morning when I woke up my hay fever was so bad that I could hardly breathe as I was so blocked up. So I put two drops of Oxygen Elements Max into the cap of the top of my mineral water bottle with a few ml’s of water. I turned my head back as far as possible and poured the water down my throat, but tried not to swallow it for 30 seconds. Within two minutes I was breathing clearly again…it was absolutely amazing. Last summer I did the same thing with Aerobic Oxygen and the effect was the same”.
This is what one of our walk in customers reported to us during the warm spell in April. So if you’re a hay fever sufferer why not give this a go yourself?
Please be aware that this customers “chucking down the throat” technique was her solution, and it worked. But we normally recommend just taking the full dosage recommended on the label to obtain relief fairly quickly. A few people need to double the dosage to get relief. Conversely a few people find that the full dosage (in the cases of Aerobic Oxygen and Aerobic 07) gives them loose bowels or nausea. Those sensitive people can take much lower dosages - often a third of the label dosage is sufficient - and will not get these unpleasant effects, but will still get the benefits . So do experiment and find what works for you. It's also true that of the four liquid oxygen products that we provide, some customers find that one that works better for them than another one. No one product is definitively the best one for everyone, and if there was one which was consistently better than the others, we obviously wouldn't bother to sell the less effective products.
How can the oxygen products help hay fever and asthma?
It's simple really. When the mucous membranes in our noses our noses, throats, ears and lungs are properly oxygenated, they are better able to operate effectively and healthily. As a result of this, they are less susceptible to inflammation and discharge. Products such as Oxygen Elements Max and Aerobic Oxygen have a strong decongesting effect and so even if you are totally clogged up, they may provide relief from the discomfort of hay fever and asthma. We receive many reports from customers on how they have been helped. For the same reasons as given above, they can help with other problems connected with some kind of congestion. A poignant example concerns one lady phoned me last week and related a quite remarkable story concerning how her husband had been “cured” of sleep apnea (we put the word “cured” in inverted commas as we never claim that any of our products "cure" anything. We believe they enhance health rather than "cure" disease).
This is quite a long read but please bear with me as I want to fully explain how Oxygen Elements Max has effectively 'cured' my hay fever.
I'm 42 years old and first came to London in 1989. I had a very bad allergy problem which was diagnosed by a 'specialist' as being allergic to the fumes and general urban environment of smoggy/dirty London. He prescribed a steroid spray which did relieve my symptoms and told me I would be on it for life. To make matters worse, every summer I get very bad hay fever attacks. It's the most miserable time of the year for me, experiencing the usual symptoms...nasal cavities itching like mad, runny eyes, blocked nose and terrible trouble trying to get to sleep at night. I'm an actor and do lots of voice over work for television and radio so it needed to be addressed for professional reasons too.
Last Feb after seeing a nutritionist I was told I suffered from candida. I was put on a strict detox diet, I cut out refined food, starved my body of sugar and basically ate really well. I also took advanced probiotics (and later) supplements from the Finchley Clinic. Then at the end of March I started to notice that people around me were sneezing...but I wasn't. I kept asking my girlfriend if it was the hay fever season because I wasn't getting any symptoms. I thought it must be my detox and general healthy eating plan. Then I read your article about the guy who had been taking Oxygen Elements Max and it had severed his hay fever symptoms. That's when I realised that I had been taking it too. About two weeks ago (mid June 07) I did start to get some symptoms and was a little disappointed thinking it was going to massively kick in again. However I decided to quadruple the Oxygen Elements Max dosage (i.e. 28 drops) to see if it would help and it did. I was so happy that every time I sat on a train and saw people sneezing I just wanted to say ''hey, I know how you feel, try using this product'' etc but decided not to as people may think I'm some sort of weirdo! A friend came over last week and although I wasn't suffering, had a hay fever attack. I gave her 28 drops and she said she felt much much better. I am now convinced that the main reason for my apparent 'cure' is the Oxygen Elements Max.
I do think the detox / probiotcs and general healthy eating plan has helped, but without question and with no doubt whatsoever, after starting to get a bit 'sneezy' Oxygen Elements Max has cleared my symptoms within about 20 minutes. Being as this has not been designed to actually relieve hay fever symptoms per say, and is in fact meant for general health and well being, I will be taking this supplement for life.
Stanley Jacob, M.D., Comments:
I have seen hundreds of allergy cases clear up with MSM, including my own. Years ago, I experienced the typical miseries of a seasonal grass-pollen allergy. From mid-April to mid-July, I required the usual antihistamine relief. In those days, the antihistamine medications often created a side effect of drowsiness. Today, they are less likely to do that. But way back then, it was a price you paid for relief. If I didn’t take medication, my eyes burned, my nose ran, and I developed nasal congestion, making it difficult to breath through my nose. Often the symptoms would persist throughout the day.
I started taking MSM more than twenty years ago, and it relieved my problem entirely. No eye irritation. No runny nose. No congestion. No problem at all through allergy season. I have continued to take MSM for all these years and have not had to resort to an antihistamine even once.
My son Stephen, who is now 46, developed severe pollen allergies about ten years ago at just about the same age that I did. His hayfever came on so strong that he had to take time off from work. Stephen had constant sneezing. His eyes reacted terribly. When this happened, I recommended he start taking MSM.
Stephen says the following about his experience with MSM: “I took about a gram. Within a few days there was a marked decrease in severity, and my condition continued to get better, although I was never completely free of symptoms. After that I started taking MSM every year from the middle of May through July. I could basically control the symptoms although sometimes the pollen was so bad that I had severe attacks and couldn’t work.
“In time I learned that if I started taking the supplement well before the start of allergy season and also doubled the dosage I could get even better control. I now have about 65 percent relief, I would say. Even this past season, which was extremely dry in Portland, I did quite well. I haven’t had to take any time off from work for about four years thanks to MSM. I know I would do even better if I increased the dosage but when I do I get some intestinal reaction. My father and a lot of other people I know can take much more than I can. That’s just my particular comfort zone.”
For some individuals, 1 or 2 grams twice daily may be enough to bring pollen allergy symptoms under control. Others may require 3 or 4 grams twice daily. In general, relief is usually obtained within a range of 2 to 8 grams a day. Always start with a lower amount of MSM, and increase your dosage slowly to avoid the possibility of gastrointestinal discomfort. Should you develop any discomfort, such as increased or loose stools, just reduce the dosage.
For the common pollen variety of allergy you may not need a very high dosage. In some resistant cases, you may have to double the dose, and even double it again. Do this slowly. When you reach the effective level, you will notice rapid relief of allergic symptoms.
I have often been asked the question, “What if I keep increasing the dosage and the allergic symptoms don’t go away?” My answer is always the same: “Nobody bats a thousand.” It just doesn’t work for every person. But it works for many. In pollen allergies it works for most.
For best results, take the MSM in divided doses during the day. My recommendation is to take your doses in the morning and early evening. The evening dose is important because pollen tends to accumulate in the nasal passages at night and thus upon awakening you experience sneezing, coughing, and burning eyes. MSM taken in the evening will often prevent this from happening. But don’t take it too late. It may give you energy and keep you awake.
The following chapter of the same book is devoted to MSM and relief of asthma. Whilst we do not have space to quote at length in this article, suffice it to say that Dr Jacob’s maintains that MSM brings wonderful relief for this related condition too.
Colostrum Plus (Colostrum with added Vitamin C and Zinc) also helps in many cases, as it’s an anti-inflammatory and an immune system balancer. This is another product on which we get reports of relief from asthma, hay fever, sinusitis etc (as well as conditions as diverse as depression to heartburn to infections). There is enough to say about this remarkable immune balancing product to write an entire book. You probably don’t have time to read an entire book, but 5 minutes glancing at the testimonials found on this product on our web site, should satisfy all but the most ardently sceptical that this product could produce powerful effects.
Here are a couple of examples of how this product has helped some people :-
“I use bovine colostrum successfully for upper respiratory infections of all types, especially for sinusitis, which is a frequent health difficulty in Sedona where I practice. For example, a carpenter, age 42, consulting me for the treatment of sinus congestion, which comes on him once annually, responded right away to my prescribing capsules containing bovine colostrum.”
“For many years, I have suffered with sinus problems that were so bad they gave me toothaches. I was on antibiotics and eating ibuprofen for the pain. After taking colostrum, the problem did a turn-around. If skeptics could only know how really thankful I am that I found colostrum.”
Hay fever & Allergies
“I have had seasonal allergies for many years since moving to Georgia: pollen, grass, mold, dust, and some food allergies. Every year I would fear the seasons Spring, Summer, and Autumn. Often I would have severe sinus infections also. All of the medication prescribed by my general doctor and allergist only gave me partial relief, plus I had tremendous side effects: dry eyes, dry mouth, nose bleeding, itchy skin, and drowsiness. I could not believe the almost immediate relief I got from Colostrum, with none of the side effects. I am a retired RN, and believe me, I am not easily convinced by all the hype of supplements. But colostrum has made such a great difference in my overall health and well-being.”
Please note, colostrum is unsuitable for vegans.
One fifth of the population are allergic to birch tree pollen1. OptiBac Probiotics For Daily Wellbeing Extra Strength contains L. acidophilus NCFM® and B. lactis Bi-04. A recent clinical trial2 has shown that this specific probiotic combination reduced the symptoms of nasal irritation in birch tree pollen sufferers. Don’t suffer this spring, get yours now!
1. University of Worcester, National Pollen & Aerobiology Research Unit
2. Ouewhand, A.C et al. (2009) Specific probiotics alleviate allergic rhinitis during the birch pollen season. World Journal of Gastronenterol; Vol. 15 pp.3261 -3268
Each capsule provides 20 billion live probiotics.
This product may also help those with a severe imbalance of good and bad bacteria in intestines for example: -
Vitamin C can also be very useful for relieving hay fever. This is because of its anti inflammatory properties (yes, Vitamin C is not just for boosting the immune system when you have a cold or flu). But it usually needs to be taken in quite high dosages to relieve allergies - up to 10g per day. For this reason, it might be worth considering Vitamin C in powder form as its better value for money in the quantities required. 1 teaspoon (5 grams) twice a day often brings tremendous relief within hours of beginning this regime. Children may take half this dosage. Try it!
Quercetin is a an antioxidant particularly know for being anti inflammatory. It is found in apple skin, black tea, onions and a number of other foods. With hay fever it is thought to work by prevent the release of the inflammatory chemical histamine from immune cells called mast cells. Histamine is the molecule involved in allergic symptoms such as sneezing and itching. A therapeutic dosage for hay fever is usually around 2 capsules two or three times per day, which is slightly above the suggested dosage on the label.
As I was reviewing and updating this article (yet again in 2016), I found a nice little article on Vitamin C and Quercetin for hay fever in The Daily Mail which more or less says the same thing.
Milk products and alcohol should be strictly avoided if you are a hay fever or asthma sufferer. Avoiding wheat often helps too as does avoiding smoking. Drinking lots of water also tremendously helps summer allergies (in fact most people drink too little water, but allergy sufferers are often particularly guilty in this department).
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