>> Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Can An Apple A Day Cure Food Allergies?
Apples rich in polyphenols may reduce or prevent food allergy attacks.
Apple polyphenols are phytochemicals found in the skin of apples. These plant compounds are found naturally. Apple polyphenols are powerful antioxidants believed to help fight free radicals, improve our immune functions, provide nutrition, fight heart disease, improve skin problems and fight male baldness.
Apples polyphenols are also believed to help stave off fat, including reducing fat around body organs, and increase strength. Some experts even recommend that people trying to lose weight and/or gain strength should take 500 mg of apple polyphenols before breakfast, dinner and before a workout. Your average apple has more than 200 mg of polyphenols.
Apple polyphenols have been found to reduce atopic dermatitis, which often goes had in hand with food allergy reactions. Scientists at the Nestlé Research Center discovered that mice with an allergy to ovalbumin, a protein in egg white, had reduced allergic responses when they consumed apple polyphenols before being given ovalbumin.
According to FoodNavigator.com, two things may be occurring: “The polyphenols may be reducing the release of an allergic mediator by cells called effector cells, which are white blood cells activated by the presence of an allergen. A second mechanism may involve a binding of the apple polyphenols to the allergen itself, which would reduce the allergenicity of the protein.”
Other studies have shown that polyphenols may change an allergen’s structure.
Of course this study is still in the mice stage but if it gets to the human stage, the results could be promising.
This blog post was reposted with permission from allergy grocer web site and blog.
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