Food Allergies

In food allergies, the immune system classifies certain food components as foreign and dangerous and sets a defensive process in motion.

The allergic reaction is caused by allergens which bind to certain white blood cells in the body. This complex of allergen and white blood cells releases special substances (histamine) that cause the typical symptoms of an allergy. These include watery eyes, runny nose, asthma, and red skin areas.

More than 70 % of all immune cells are located in the intestine, which is thus the largest immune organ of the body.

The immune cells in the intestinal wall distinguish between "good" and "evil", store this information and recall it when necessary. If the brush border of the small intestine is injured or inflamed, the focussing of the antibodies to food antigens is missing. Allergies to certain components of the daily fare may result.

The protective antiseptic film of secreted immunoglobulin A (sIgA) which lines the inner mucosa is damaged; bacteria, viruses and toxins that should be actually held back by this protective film can pass unhindered from the intestine into the body.

Finding out precisely what substances you are allergic to can require up to several months of pains-taking detective work. The reason: In addition to whole foods that can be associated with the symptom as triggers, often natural, but also artificial food ingredients are the cause of the allergic reaction.

It should also be clarified whether it is a "real" allergy, or "only" an intolerance reaction. For the latter cannot be treated by anti-allergic therapy.

Many people avoid certain foods because they believe they are allergic. But in fact only one to two per cent of the population are allergic to certain foods. In children, the percentage is slightly higher. However, in adolescence the allergy regresses in a portion of the affected children.

Typical complaints

  • Suddenly runny nose
  • Swollen lips and swollen face
  • Larynx swelling, asthma, shortness of breath
  • A tingling sensation in the mouth and on the lips
  • Vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhoea
  • Itchy skin, rash, swelling
  • Drop in blood pressure
  • Very rarely a shock reaction (anaphylactic shock) occurs

Commonly allergenic foods




Cow milk


Hen's egg
     white and yolk




Citrus fruits




Horse meat








The most important measure, to begin with, is avoidance of the allergenic food. But that is not always easy. You can give your patients the following tips:

  • In case of allergic reactions to apples or pears, experiment with different varieties
  • Allergic persons generally tolerate cooked better than raw foods
  • Prevent the risk of allergies by a varied diet
  • Replace intolerable fresh herbs with dried ones
  • Allergic reaction are often especially violent if the allergen is ingested in combination with alcohol
  • Avoid convenience foods as far as possible
  • Do not attempt any unauthorized drug therapies, for example with analgesics, digestive aids and anti-diarrhoeal agents.
  • Adverse reactions might be intensified thereby.
  • Stay away from "fast food"

Allergic diseases can be improved via therapy of the mucous membranes with Synerga®!

Please note, however, that this information does not replace a detailed discussion with your doctor. Some information may also cause unnecessary fears. Please talk to your doctor about such concerns. And we explicitly encourage you to ask your doctor your questions, even very personal questions that cannot be answered by this information.

Please read the patient information leaflet carefully. If you have any further questions after reading it, please ask your doctor or pharmacist.