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5 Foods that fight Spring allergies

by on April 13, 2015


We know healthy eating is essential for everything from lowering your cholesterol to fighting heart disease. There are also foods that may also help the fight against allergies. These are a few:

A study in the journal Clinical and Experimental Allergy found that people with allergies who consumed Lactobacillus casei (a probiotic found in yogurt) had lower levels of the antibodies that are made by the immune system in response to allergic reactions. The researchers believe the probiotics help balance bacteria levels in the gut, which prevents the immune system from overreacting to allergens.

These Buds are bursting with a flavonol called quercetin, an anti-inflammatory compound found in berries, onions, apples, green leafy vegetables, tea, and tomatoes, among other foods. Research suggests that quercetin can block the effect of histamines, making it a handy treatment for allergy symptoms. A recent double-blind placebo-controlled study in the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology found that people who took 100 mg of quercetin saw reduced allergy symptoms after eight weeks.

Green Tea
Rich in allergy-busting quercetin, it also contains epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), an antioxidant that has been shown to decrease the creation of mucus, according to a study published in American Journal of Rhinology & Allergy.

Stinging Nettle
This perennial herb can inhibit the inflammation that leads to hay fever. A study in the journal Phytotherapy Research suggests that nettle can block histamine production, causing a reduction in the pro-inflammatory responses that cause allergic reactions.

Source: Eat it to Beat it

5 Foods that fight Spring allergies