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Allergies

Allergies are caused by a stressor, or antigen, overstimulating the body’s immune system resulting in unwanted reactions. Evidence supports the use of some supplements to generally suppress this response and reduce the body’s reaction. Genetics and the environment both play a role in the development of allergic diseases, such as food allergies.

Our evidence-based analysis on allergies features 34 unique references to scientific papers.

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References

  1. ^ The content of this page was partially adapted from MedlinePlus of the National Library of Medicine.
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