Allergy Fighting Foods
Higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have led to more potent pollen. Warmer temperatures have led to earlier springs and longer allergy seasons. If you suffer from spring allergies, that means a longer period of time being just plain miserable.
The good news is that natural allergy relief is as close as your local grocery store. Foods rich in vitamin C and folic acid help reduce the inflammation associated with allergic reactions.
Chocolate. If you have a sweet tooth, you’re gonna love this! Cocoa has been found to have some anti-allergy properties by reducing the body’s ability to synthesize immunoglobulin E (IgE). IgE has an essential role in most types of sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, and food allergies.
Red grapes, blueberries & red wine. What do berries and grapes in common? A compound called resveratrol. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that resveratrol helped suppress the IgE allergic responses. Did you need another reason to love red wine? I didn’t think so.
Onions & Garlic. Quercetin is another secret weapon in the battle against allergies. One of the most abundant dietary flavonoids, it acts like an antihistamine. Onions, garlic and even apples are packed with quercetin.
The C Team
Cruciferous vegetables are from the family of foods called Brassicaceae or Cruciferae, and include cauliflower, cabbage,
bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and similar green leaf vegetables. Packed with vitamin C, they have been shown to clear out blocked-up sinuses.
Pineapple contains not only vitamin C, but an enzyme called bromelain, a powerful anti-inflammatory and sneeze-stifling supplement. Research shows that bromelain can ease sore throats and irritated sinuses.
Other great sources of vitamin C that can help you battle allergies include watermelon and tomatoes, both high in lycopene. Lycopene decreases the allergic response and the accumulation of symptom-producing cell types in the lungs.
Suffering from allergies this spring? Maybe a little chocolate and red wine is just what the doctor ordered.