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Trends in Food Allergy Research

Study: Trends in Food Allergy Research by JUNKO SHIMADA (Life Science and Medical Research Unit)

 
This week is “National Healthy Eating Week” and I wanted to share with all of you some important insights related to food allergy research. A study conducted by Junko Shimada at the Life Science and Medical Research Unit, regarding important trends in food allergies suggests that the incidence of allergic diseases such as food allergy, atopic dermatitis, bronchial asthma and cedar pollenosis continues to increase in developed countries such as the United States. In particular, food allergy, which is often developed during infancy, and can affect a child’s growth or trigger an “allergic march,” or in other words, the progressive development of multiple allergies.

 
Currently, it is estimated that over 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies and food sensitivity. Data has also shown that 1 in 13 children are affected by at least 1 food allergy in their lifetime. Now you may be wondering what exactly is a food allergy? Food allergy is an exaggerated immune response induced by the misrecognition of orally ingested food as a foreign substance. Some of the most common food allergies include but are not limited to: eggs, milk, wheat, beans, buckwheat, fruit, seafood and meat. The development of food allergy involves both genetic and environmental factors such as pollution, food contamination, and chemical preservatives added to the different food products. Food allergies cause a hypersensitive reaction that damages our various systems, with symptoms that can include diarrhea, abdominal pain, hives and eczema. Severe cases of food allergy can induce anaphylactic shock, which may lead to death. The best way to stay safe and healthy is to become aware of potential existing allergies and food sensitivities by getting tested! If you would like to learn more information regarding this topic or if you’d like to get tested you can call our office at Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center and our team we’ll be happy to help you schedule an appointment.

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Factors affecting B12 absorption

Animal products (meat and dairy products) provide the onlydietary source of vitamin B12 for humans. Since B12 is only found in animal sources, vegans and vegetarians are sometimes deficient in B12. The elderly are also more likely to suffer from B12 deficiencies due to multiple steps involved in B12 absorption. People who have a difficult time absorbing B12 may suffer from a condition called pernicious anemia. The usual western diet contains 5 to 7 micrograms of vitamin B12 per day, while the minimum daily requirement is listed as 6 to 9 micrograms per day. Approximately one-half of the total body store is in the liver.

Dietary B12 in the presence of acid and pepsin in the stomach is released from the food and then quickly binds to R factors in saliva and gastric juice. Vitamin B12 bound to R factors is not absorbed. Absorption occurs in the alkaline environment of the duodenum. In this alkaline environment, vitamin B12 is freed from R proteins by pancreatic proteases and then binds specifically and rapidly to gastric-derived intrinsic factor. Intrinsic factor has very high affinity for vitamin B12. The intrinsic factor-vitamin B12 complex binds to specific intestinal receptors and it is absorbed in an energy requiring process that is still incompletely understood.

Thus, adequate absorption of vitamin B12 depends upon five factors.

  • · Dietary intake (aim for healthy meat such as fish or chicken or choose egg or dairy items)
  • Proper acid-pepsin in the stomach to release B12 from binding to food particles.
  • Pancreatic proteases to free B12 from binding to R factors
  • Secretion of intrinsic factor by the gastric parietal cells in the stomach to bind to B12
  • An ileum (specific section of the small intestine) with vitamin B12-intrinsic factor receptors.

Once taken up by the specific intestinal cells, the vitamin B12 travels along the blood stream by binding to transcobalamin II. This complex binds to specific cell surface receptors in order to enter the cell. Vitamin B12 in the cells is metabolized into two coenzymes: adenosyl-cobalamin; and methyl-cobalamin. It is crucial that every single step along the way is working adequately in order for vitamin B12 to be absorbed properly.

Finally, other medications can interfere with vitamin B12 absorption. The University of Maryland Medical Center claims that some medications used to control diabetes and cholesterol, as well as chemotherapy medications, antibiotics and anticonvulsants, can reduce your ability to absorb vitamin B12.

For more information about vitamin B12 supplementation or injections, please contact Dr. Lee via email info@seattlenaturopathiccenter.com or 206-319-5322. Don’t forget to ask about B12 happy hour where B12 injections are only $12.

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Feeling run down? Think B-Complex

Vitamin B Complex is needed for the proper functioning of almost every process in the body.

B complex are crucial for energy production

Vitamin B1 is needed to help convert the carbohydrates we eat into glucose. The following B Vitamins are needed at a cellular level to convert glucose into energy – Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6 and Biotin. A Vitamin B deficiency in any of these vitamins can lead to decreased energy production, lethargy and fatigue.

The Vitamin B Complex is also essential for correct digestion, production of HCl (Hydrochloric acid) and to assist in the breakdown of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Especially vital for good digestion are Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin B6. A deficiency in any of these B Vitamins can lead to impaired digestion and deficiency of essential nutrients.

Th­e B-complex vitamins are found in brewer’s yeast, liver, whole-grain cereals, rice, nuts, milk, eggs, meats, fish, fruits, leafy green vegetables and many other foods. They are also available as tablets, gels, liquids, or injections. B Vitamins are water-soluble. It is a good idea to emphasis on food to obtain your dietary needs. However, there are cases when supplemental B complex is recommended. Examples are when there is suboptimal digestion or when the body is under excessive stress. When the body is under excessive stress, B complex usage is much higher and thus the demand will be greater.

When indicated, B complex injections are most useful for fatigue caused due to nerve damage, diabetes, sciatica, tinnitus, effects of stress, chronic disease, and a number of other conditions. The best among all the B vitamin injections is the Vitamin B-Complex 100 Injection. This is a sterile solution for intramuscular injection with a blend of all B vitamins. One ml of this B complex 100 injection contains 100 mg of thiamine, 5 mg of riboflavin, 2 mg of pyridoxine, 2 mg of pantothenic acid and 100 mg of niacin.

For more information about B complex supplementation or injections, please contact Dr. Lee via email info@seattlenaturopathiccenter.com or 206-319-5322.

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Why food allergen elimination?

The underlying cause of intestinal inflammation and immune dysregulation can often be caused by certain foods that you may have difficulty digesting or to which you may have a sensitivity or allergy. In fact, over 50 percent of the immune system is located in and around the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, when the gastrointestinal immune system is affected by food allergens or intolerances, the systemic immune system is also impacted. In turn, chemical messengers of alarm and inflammation are released by the gastrointestinal associated immune system that enter the bloodstream and can have an effect upon other organs and systems in the body. For example, drinking milk, in susceptible individuals, may trigger the gastrointestinal immune system to release molecules that travel through the blood stream and affect the brain causing disturbances such as changes in mood and cognitive performance. Many people find that eliminating common food allergens helps decrease intestinal inflammation and improves symptoms such as fatigue and muscle pain. It is highly recommended that you eliminate the common food allergens while you and your health practitioner help establish a healthy gastrointestinal system.

This is the first step toward identifying problematic foods and this step should not be ignored. It is important to eliminate all known or suspected food intolerances. Many individual who have avoided common and suspected food intolerances have noticed a dramatic improvement in cognitive function, behavior and over health. In addition, once the “leaky gut” has healed, the avoided foods can gradually be reintroduced in an effort to identify the problematic ones without major setbacks.

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