Seasonal Allergy-Fighting Superfoods
What to Eat and What Steer Clear of During Allergy Season
You take allergy medicine. In fact, you’ve tried them all. But when seasons change and irritants start affecting more than just runny noses, it’s time to fight nature with nature.
By picking up a few of these seasonal foods the next time you’re at the market, you can naturally combat the symptoms so many people suffer from during allergy season. Plus, a few you should leave off of your next grocery list.
The Good Ones
Citrus: The essential oils found in fruits like oranges, tangerines and lemons have an antihistamine effect that can help relax nasal passages.
Grapes: Red grapes contain a mix of antioxidants believed to help inhibit inflammation in the airways and ease allergy symptoms like swollen sinuses and congestion.
Almonds: People who eat nuts at least three times a week suffer less wheezing symptoms during allergy seasons than those who don’t. Due to a rich source of antioxidant-filled Vitamin E, almonds act as a natural anti-inflammatory for airways.
Broccoli: Also known as one of the healthiest foods for runners, this Vitamin C-rich vegetable helps to clear out blocked-up sinuses. Researchers have found that about 500 mg of Vitamin C a day can ease allergy symptoms. 1 cup of this superfood contains about 80 mg.
Cocoa: Here is all the excuse you need to load up on dark chocolate the next time you find yourself in the checkout line. Studies found that test subjects fed a cocoa-enriched diet four 4 weeks had lower levels of allergy-causing IgE than those fed a normal diet.
The Bad Ones
Peaches: Find yourself sniffling around birch trees? Then you might also get an itchy mouth after eating stone-pitted tree fruits like peaches and cherries. Studies show that 70% of people who have tree-pollen allergies also suffer from pollen food allergy syndrome.
Melon: Ragweed pollen, found in melons like watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew, are known irritants to those with ragweed allergies. The pollen reacts with these fruits to cause hives, itching and a tingling sensation in the mouth.
Tomatoes: While there’s nothing quite like a fresh, vine-ripened tomato, those allergic to grass should steer clear. They may not look like it, but tomatoes are cousins to grass and may cause similar irritations.
Beer: Unfortunately, beer is blacklisted as a known allergen for those suffering from grass allergies. Believe it or not, beer is essentially a liquid grass due to the grains its brewed from.
It can be overwhelming trying to combat allergies alone. But by incorporating these foods and talking to your doctor, you can find the right solutions for your symptoms.
source: Northwestern University – Northwestern Medicine