If you are prone to allergies, the joy of spring can easily get engulfed in itches, sneezes, sniffles and a running nos. Luckily, there are some foods that you can eat to fight off most of these allergies. Here are 6 anti-inflammatory foods that can help you keep those allergies at bay this spring.
1.Pepper and Onions
Pepper and onions are both rich in quercetin. According to WebMed, quercetin is one of the natural plant chemicals that is known to curb histamine reactions. Since histamines are part and parcel of most allergic reactions, foods rich in quercetin will help fight them. For best results, eat the pepper and onions raw, perhaps with some beets or in a salad.
Eating local honey has been known to reduce the likelihood of catching some allergies. Research shows that consuming small doses of local honey early on in the season helps to boost your immunity and tolerance to pollen. However, it is not just any kind of honey. A recent study found that the subjects who consumed birch pollen honey displayed fewer allergic symptoms than those that ate regular honey. Always go for local honey.
Research has established that the Lactobacillus acidophilus strain L-92 bacteria can help reduce inflammations related to allergic reactions. These bacteria are usually added in most yogurts and so taking yogurt is an awesome natural remedy for allergies. The probiotics in some yogurts are also good at preventing or even curing some allergic reactions.
Kales and other green leafy veggies have a lot of vitamin C. For instance; one serving of kales is enough to fulfill 100% of your daily Vitamin C requirement. Vitamin C not only boosts your immunity but also helps to fight off allergies. In addition, Kales have carotenoids which are known to fight off allergy symptoms. Experts actually believe that kales can help clear blocked sinuses.
Fatty fish like trout, herring, mackerel, salmon, albacore tuna, and sardines are some of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Apart from helping alleviate pain for people suffering from arthritis, omega-3 fatty acids can also help reduce the inflammation that causes aches associated with allergies. A study in Japan also found that people who eat fish more are less prone to hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis.
Some Japanese researchers identified a compound (EGCG) in green tea which, according to their tests, blocks the IGE receptor. This is the receptor responsible for producing allergic responses. Green tea is, therefore, an awesome remedy for allergic symptoms like sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes. In fact, some experts argue that green tea is the most potent anti-allergenic home remedy.