What Is AllerVarx?
Formulated with 100 percent natural ingredients, AllerVarx is a dietary supplement that promises to provide relief from allergic rhinitis, including healthier respiration, a boosted immune system, and reduced sneezing and ocular itching.
Additionally, the manufacturer claims their rhinitis supplement has been clinically studied and tested, uses a patented controlled release bi-layer technology to provide fast, long-lasting results; and won’t cause drowsiness. Just take two tablets per day, once in the morning and evening with a meal.
If you’re one of the nearly 18 million adults who experience allergic rhinitis every year (whether seasonal or perennial), you just want the itchiness, runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes to stop. Here, we’ll help you decide if AllerVarx represents a viable solution.
What Is Allergic Rhinitis & Are There Other Treatments?
Allergic rhinitis is the technical term for hay fever, which the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus tells us involves “a group of symptoms affecting the nose,” typically caused by pollen, mold, animal dander, or dust.
As briefly noted on the AllerVarx website, these allergens cause the body to react negatively and release chemicals called histamines, which attempt to get rid of the allergens. In the process, though, they can release excess water in the eyes or mucus in the nose, cause respiratory inflammation or excessive sneezing, and even greatly reduce energy.
In addition to allergens, there also seems to be strong clinical evidence indicating that the IL-4 interleukin (a type of protein/signal molecule expressed by white blood cells) may be closely associated with allergy symptoms, including rhinitis.
If your hay fever is ongoing and moderate to severe, your doctor might test you for allergies using a skin prick test. Depending on the results, they might also recommend additional blood testing.
What about treatments? Common options include over the counter antihistamines, whether in pill or nasal spray form, corticosteroids decongestants, and leukotriene inhibitors.
What about the ingredients in AllerVarx? First, let’s address AllerVarx’s ingredients individually, and then as a whole.
Are AllerVarx’s Ingredients Clinically Proven to Address Allergic Rhinitis?
According to the label on the supplement’s site, it contains the following:
- Vitamin D3 10 mcg (400IU)
- Quercetin 300mg
- Perilla (seed) dry extract 160mg
Vitamin D is essential for our health. According to sites like the Natural Medicines Database, WebMD, and Examine.com, outside of deficiency, supplementation has been shown to address a variety of ailments, including psoriasis, rickets, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Vitamin D’s recommended daily allowance (RDA) is listed at 600IU for most adults, so taking two capsules of AllerVarx per day will provide about 25 percent more than this amount, in total.
Quercetin is a plant pigment (formally known as a flavonoid) that these same sites report, when taken in 500mg doses twice daily, may help address prostate pain and inflammation.
Outside of these benefits, however, these sites tell us that there’s insufficient clinical evidence that they—alone or in combination—will meaningfully address allergic rhinitis or its physical symptoms. Let’s carry this thought over the next section.
What Are the Details of AllerVarx’s Clinical Study?
AllerVarx (under the name Lertal—more about this in a moment) was the subject of a 2015 study conducted by Dr. Renato Ariano, an Italian allergy specialist. The observational study included male and female participants who experienced allergic rhinitis for one year or more, and who tested positive during a skin prick test for Parietaria officinialis pollen.
Each participant was given two tablets per day, in the morning and evening after mealtime, over the course of 30 days. Patients reported their relief levels (0 = absence, 1 = 1-5 episodes, 2 = 6-10 episodes, and 3 = ≥11 episodes) at the start of the study and again on day 30.
In the end, participants reported a reduction of about two levels (72 percent for females, 68 percent for males) for specific symptoms like sneezing, rhinorrhea, nasal obstruction, ocular itching, lacrimation, and congestion of the conjunctiva. 73 percent also reported a reduction in their antihistamine use.
Neither AllerVarx’s website nor the study itself referenced clinical evidence regarding “stabilized mast cells,” a reduction in histamines and inflammation, or a reduction in the expression of interleukins (IL-6 and TNF-alpha), as claimed on the supplement’s side.
They also don’t provide evidence that their patented bi-layer “fast slow” technology necessarily allows controlled ingredient release, or that this technology delivered measurably better results in their clinical study.
Could AllerVarx’s Ingredients Cause Side Effects?
In this same study, we’re told that no side effects were recorded, although the supplement’s website indicates it could cause mouth dryness and shouldn’t be taken by pregnant women or those who are nursing.
Those who are taking other medications, or have other health conditions, should consult a doctor.
According to the authoritative sites referenced in the Ingredients section, it’s not known if taking quercetin or perilla for longer than 12 weeks is safe.
How Much Does AllerVarx Cost?
AllerVarx is priced as follows:
- 1 Bottle (60 capsules) - $49.99
- 4 Bottles - $149.97
- 8 Bottles - $249.95
If you order the single bottle option, you’ll pay $8.95 S&H, while the other two options are free. We also found the supplement sold through Amazon for roughly the same price.
All AllerVarx purchases come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H and a $10 restocking fee, which can be requested by reaching out to Innovus Pharmaceuticals’ customer service department at 800-746-6119 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Do We Know About the Company Behind AllerVarx?
While AllerVarx had nearly all five-star reviews on its website, we didn’t encounter additional feedback on third-party sites as of this writing. On the other hand, there was a lot of information available about the company.
Note: In a recent press release, the company referenced another product named FlutiCare, noting it might be packaged with AllerVarx at some point in the future. It wasn’t listed on their website, or elsewhere online.
According to the Better Business Bureau, Innovus held an F rating as of 6/11/17, based on eight closed complaints. Only one offered any details, which referenced difficulty obtaining a refund.
This same press release included a quote from the company’s President and CEO Dr. Bassam Damaj, who previously worked in the same role at Apricus Biosciences, Bio-Qant, Inc., and R&D Healthcare Inc.
Finally, so that you can have a complete view of the picture, we think it's important to point out that Innovus doesn't appear to be AllerVarx's manufacturer. Returning to the press release, they note:
“AllerVarx™, sold in Europe under the brand name Lertal®, is a product the Company exclusively in-licensed for the U.S. and Canada from NTC s.r.l., an Italian company, and is a patented formulation produced in bi-layer tablets with a technology that allows a controlled release of the ingredients.”
What does all of this mean for you? We’ll wrap up after quickly talking about other allergic rhinitis supplements.
Are There Other Allergic Rhinitis Supplements Like AllerVarx?
A Google search for “allergic rhinitis supplements” and “hay fever supplements” returned hundreds of results competing with AllerVarx at the time of our research; everything from flower pollen and nettle root extract to OTC mainstays like Flonase and Claritin. Prices ranged between $6 and $40+.
WebMD also noted standalone ingredients like beta-glucans, butterbur, fermented milk, galactooligosaccharides, grape, phelum pratense, pycnogenol, thumus extract, and tinospora cordifolia are "possibly effective" for addressing some aspects of hay fever.
Considering the sheer number of choices—not to mention the individual formulations and price points—what’s the best way to find your way to meaningful hay fever relief?
As with any medical condition, or when thinking about taking a new dietary supplement, you should make an appointment with your doctor first. They’ll be able to have an in-depth conversation about your symptoms, run the appropriate tests, and then make sound recommendations based on your diagnosis.
If they recommend taking a supplement, you’ll want to look for one sold by a reputable company with mostly positive feedback, without forcing customers into a recurring shipping program when buying. You’ll also want to make sure their claims are supported by evidence.
How does all of this potentially line up for AllerVarx?
Our Final Thoughts About AllerVarx
Using these last points as our foundation, it seems like AllerVarx and Innovus tick most of the important boxes you should be on the lookout for when shopping for dietary supplements.
In addition, the company seems to stand behind their products with a 30-day refund policy, although you’ll be out a few bucks in return S&H, as well as a $10 restocking fee, if you’re dissatisfied. So, in this light and as consumers ourselves, it doesn’t appear to be a completely risk-free transaction.
Finally, after spending years researching hundreds of different supplements, we’ve learned that it’s fairly rare for a company to a) test their products in a clinical setting, or if they do, b) to post their results online. While we’re not medical professionals, we understood the results to be positive, although we think it’s important to point out that one positive study doesn’t qualify something as “proven.”
But if you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired (and your doctor gives you the green light, of course), it might be worth rolling the dice if the supplement delivers meaningful relief from your hay fever symptoms.