natural allergy supplement
vs. big brands

The body’s immune system responds to substances that don’t belong in the body. This, in a nutshell, is known as allergies. The substances can be anything from specific foods, pollen, pet dander, mold, just to name a few. The way the body responds to these foreign substances is why some people have allergies and some do not. Not everyone will have the same response, and therefore, certain times of year (seasonal), some animals (cats, dogs, etc.) will bother people in different ways. For some people, it won’t bother them at all – lucky ducks! To further this discussion, we will first discuss some common symptoms of allergies and explore how to alleviate them through allergy supplements.Throughout this article, we will look at Top Notch Nutrition’s natural allergy supplement vs. big brands.


allergy symptoms

The immune system produces histamines as a chemical to “get rid” of the foreign substances (such as those listed above) in your body. It is these histamines that cause the symptoms of allergies. In doing so, the body is taking the first step in defending itself against allergens. Histamines are doing their job in trying to keep you safe. The downside is that they end up causing allergy symptoms that impact so many people.

common symptoms of food and environmental allergies:

Swelling and Hives – hives develop on the skin and are raised, itchy, and red welts. These are common reactions to food allergies after consuming the food your body is responding to and usually occurs in the airways. It is recommended to talk to your doctor if you notice either of these reactions immediately after having a meal.

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Cold Symptoms – includes sore throat, sneezing, congestion and runny nose. These symptoms are so like common colds that people often write them off not connecting them to allergies. Allergens, especially seasonal ones, can be the root of all of these.


Itching, Burning and Swollen Eyes – watery eyes can be a result of a burning sensation. The eyes can be dry due to excessive itching. If they swell, they often look puffy and irritated. Be aware that more serious eye infections can happen. If so, it is advised to be aware of it being more severe or being prolonged. If so, again, we recommend an appointment with your doctor.

Rashes, Eczema, Itching and Burning Skin – these symptoms are usually caused by direct contact with the allergen. The skin often gets red and itchy but doesn’t welt like hives. If not treated quickly, the skin can begin feeling like it’s burning or turn into eczema. If you consume an allergen, you may notice the itching and burning sensations inside the mouth!

Nausea and Digestive Issues – food allergies can show up as nausea and/or digestive issues. These things occur when the immune system makes antibodies in response to this food being present in the body. The most common food allergies include eggs, cow’s milk, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, shellfish, fish and soy.


A more severe reaction is anaphylaxis. If this happens, you might experience breathing problems and possibly lose consciousness. This can occur for either food or environmental allergies. This type of response needs medical attention immediately!


What are potential solutions for dealing with allergies and their symptoms? The most well-known solution is to take an antihistamine. As you likely know “anti” means opposed to or against. So, antihistamines block the histamines that the body produces as a result of the presence of allergens. Antihistamines don’t come without some side effects. The most common ones are dry mouth, drowsiness, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, restlessness or moodiness.

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Another solution is an all-natural supplement that processes the histamine not block it. Top Notch Allergy was made containing all-natural ingredients that aids the body in processing the influx of histamine that occurs when allergens are present. As a non-drowsy formula, it was designed to boost the immune system as well as reduce allergy symptoms for not only indoor and outdoor but also food and environmental allergens. Most big brand allergy supplements work best for seasonal allergy threats and not those related to food. Next, we will explore the ingredients of natural allergy supplements vs. big brands.

ingredients of top notch allergy
vs. big brands

top notch allergy

The ingredients in your supplements matter as much as the ingredients in your food. The sourcing and formula of any supplement or medication is important to your health. You don’t want to be putting things into your body that may cause more harm than good. This is a struggle, particularly in the United States, as reading ingredient labels can be so overwhelming! Most of the time a good percentage of people must look up nearly every ingredient listed to see what their supplement actually contains. Have you done this and just give up because it’s impossible to know what all these random words mean?

We believe that everything you put into your body should be as natural as possible. In looking for a natural allergy supplement, sourcing is crucial. Did you know that some companies source vitamin C from corn? While this is “natural” it isn’t the best source of vitamin C, especially for those that may have issues digesting products derived from corn. That’s just one example of why we should all be paying attention to what’s in our supplements and medications. We always suggest that you consult your doctor or pharmacist, especially if you are on multiple supplements or medications, as they can indicate any possible reactions or side effects.

ingredients in top notch allergy

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Moringa Oleifera (leaf) extract– moringa is a plant that is native to the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and the tropics. It is incredibly nutritious and contains antioxidants, flavonoids, antihistamine polyphenols and omega-3 which is anti-inflammatory. Two antioxidants it contains work synergistically: quercetin and kaempferol. Quercetin is also found in grapefruit, okra, apples, and onions but none of them contain as much as moringa does. We will talk more about both quercetin and vitamin C in a minute but moringa also contains 7 times more vitamin C than oranges.

Stinging Nettle – is a plant that grows in North America, Europe, and Africa. As part of thousands of years of natural medicine, this is a very common herb. One study of stinging nettle showed that allergy symptoms were relieved in 58 percent of the participants. It can act as an anti-inflammatory and help the body with symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny nose.

Quercetin Dihydrate – Quercetin is a plant pigment which is also known as a flavonoid. There have been many studies around quercetin and the antioxidant properties it contains. As an antioxidant is can help protect the cells from damage. It also has anti-inflammatory effects which can help with respiratory issues that are common with those struggling with allergies.

Vitamin C– this vitamin can be found in many fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C helps with immune function. Many people will increase their consumption of Vitamin C during seasons of illness. It is also known to destroy the histamine’s molecular structure, so it is powerful in ridding the body of unwanted allergy symptoms.

Bromelain – is an enzyme found in pineapples. It is found in the stem and juice. Bromelain is known to help reduce inflammation, particularly that of the sinuses and nose. It can also help with respiratory issues! It is believed that bromelain creates substances that fight inflammation and swelling.

N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine USP – is derived from comes from amino acid L-cysteine. You’ll likely recall that amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Among other things, N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine USP has been used to aid with symptoms of hay fever. Hay fever is also called allergic rhinitis and causes symptoms similar to the common cold as described above.

Veggie Capsules – with supplements in capsule forms, it is always good to be paying attention to what it is encased in. This product is made in a veggie capsule. If not in a vegetable capsule, it is possible you may be ingesting artificial ingredients, artificial colors, chemicals, or even plastics.


in comparison



Top Notch Nutrition's Natural Allergy Supplement

Moringa Oleifera (leaf) extract, Stinging Nettle, Quercetin Dihydrate, Vitamin C, Bromelain, N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine USP, Verggie Capsules

Process histamine, not block it

Designed to reduce symptoms of indoor and outdoor but also food and environmental allergens

The majority of "big brands" on the market

Active: Cetirizine HCl (10mg per tablet)

Inactive: Colloidal silicone dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, Hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, titanium dioxide


Temporarily relieves these symptoms due to hay fever or other upper respiratory allergies: runny nose, sneezing itchy, watery eyes, itching of the nose or throat

main ingredients in big brands

Cetirizine HCl is an antihistamine which is used to alleviate symptoms as described above. It is found in over-the-counter allergy supplements, meaning you do not need a prescription. It works to block the production of histamine when faced with allergens. It is not strong enough to prevent hives or treat serious conditions like anaphylaxis. Some of the side effects of this ingredient include drowsiness, tiredness, dry mouth and stomach pain. It is recommended that if you experience these and they persist or worsen to talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

For most of the big brands that include cetirizine HCl, it is recommended that one 10 mg tablet be taken in a 24-hour period for adults and children over the age of 6. Children younger than this and adults over the age of 65 should consult their doctor before using. There is also a warning for consumers with liver or kidney disease to consult their doctors prior to use. This is because the liver and kidneys are responsible for metabolizing and eliminating cetirizine HCl. Those with damage to either of these organs may have trouble breaking it down which could cause adverse effects from the drug not moving through the body how it should. You want to make sure you talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any over the counter medications with cetirizine HCl in them, especially if you are taking other medications or have any of the conditions listed here.

Generally speaking, big brands also contain a list of nonactive ingredients. Most of which are artificial, and their purpose is completely unrelated to alleviating allergy symptoms. Often the inactive ingredients are the binding ingredients or added for flavor. For example, microcrystalline cellulose is a refined wood pulp that is known for adding texture and being an anti-caking agent. Another example is Hypromellose is a thickening agent, emulsifier and suspending agent that is an alternative to gelatin. Lastly, lactose monohydrate is milk sugar. Lactose is often used in pharmaceuticals to help form tablets as it compresses really well. You can see from just these three examples of nonactive ingredients that big brands add a lot of things to their allergy supplements that don’t relieve allergy symptoms at all!



If you suffer from allergies it is likely that you’ve taken an over-the-counter big brand supplement, but have you considered a natural supplement before? Throughout this article we’ve explored natural allergy supplement vs. big brands. In looking at a natural allergy supplement, Top Notch Nutrition’s is at the top of the list. This allergy supplement, like all products from Top Notch Nutrition was designed to contain nothing but all-natural ingredients. We don’t add anything fake or artificial, as the philosophy here is “if we won’t take it, we won’t make it.” We strive to put nothing but real ingredients into our bodies, so we work incredibly hard to do the same for you. If you struggle with indoor or outdoor environmental or food allergies, we suggest giving Top Notch’s Allergy supplement a try! We believe that you will be amazed at the results of a supplement designed to help the body process histamine and not just block it. We hope that this supplement helps you feel your best when faced with allergens!

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