Dr. Saurabh Arora
Allergy is the overreaction of the body’s immune system to allergens such as pollens, foods, some pets and house dust mites. Though for most people, these substances referred to as allergens, pose no problem, but in allergic individuals, their immune system treats them as a threat and thus produces an inappropriate response. Curcumin, the main component of turmeric, has proven to be effective in preventing the onset of allergic reactions.
Signs And Symptoms Of Allergy
The allergic reactions can be manifested by:
- Runny and itchy nose
- Sneezing associated with itchy red eyes
- Redness of skin and rashes
- Excessive cough, wheezing, and shortage of breath
- Nausea, vomiting, abdominal discomfort and diarrhoea
Certain risk factors related to allergies are as following:
- Age: Younger children are more prone to suffer from allergies than adults; though a lot of times children outgrow allergies as they grow older.
- Family History of Asthma or allergies: Individuals with a family history of asthma or allergies are at higher risk of developing allergies themselves.
- Personal History of Asthma or allergies: Having a history of asthma or allergic reaction to one thing can actually indicate an increased risk of other allergies as well.
Effects of Curcumin on Allergies
It helps to modulate immunity.
Curcumin has known immune system modulation properties. Curcumin can alter the immune response so as to avoid hypersensitivity reaction. Allergies actually result from the hypersensitive reaction of the immune system and curcumin helps balance these reactions.
It reduces histamine release and acts as a decongestant.
Curcumin contains a highly potent form of Curcumin that acts as a decongestant and anti-histamine working on reducing mast cell degranulation which results in release of histamine. Thus, it can treat chronic as well as acute allergies effectively.
It works as an inflammatory mediator inhibitor.
Curcumin acts as natural leukotriene, an inflammatory mediator inhibitor for allergic reactions and thus helps in respiratory allergic conditions such as bronchial asthma and other lung problems.
It brings down inflammation
Curcumin present in SNEC30 acts on reducing inflammation in asthma by inhibiting the activity of Notch-GATA signalling pathway while it suppresses the activity of nuclear factor-kappa B- which is the master protein that regulates inflammation.
Also, Curcumin alleviates airway inflammation by creating a balance of immune cells called T helper cells. These actions prevent hypersensitivity reaction. It also controls other biochemical agents so as to control the inflammation and also prevents narrowing of the airways. Curcumin efficiently reduces bronchial inflammation related to asthma.
It has an anti-oxidant effect
Allergies trigger an inflammatory response in the body. Curcumin present in Curcumin helps in scavenging free radicals that attribute to inflammation and thus help relieve allergies.
It works as anti-allergen
Since, Curcumin prevents the accumulation of inflammatory cells while preventing constriction of airways. Also, it helps with a decrease in mucus production and its anti-allergic properties help reduce the incidences of allergy-induced asthma.
It acts as an anti-microbial agent
Curcumin present in Curcumin is known to have an antimicrobial and antiseptic effect. It has a natural ability to fight against bacterial and viral infections. It is as effective as antibiotics and helps eradicate respiratory infections which can trigger asthma attacks.
To counter fight the disadvantages of common curcumin, a novel formulation, SNEC30 (Self-nano emulsifying curcumin 30 mg) has been developed that has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and immuno-modulatory properties without posing any adverse effects.
SNEC30 is the latest generation of scientifically formulated bioactive co-developed by Arbro Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
(By Dr. Saurabh Arora, Inventor of SNEC30, Arbro Pharmaceuticals)