Seasonal Allergies?

These 6 Foods May Help


hen seasonal allergies flare, do you reach for antihis- tamine drugs that can leave you edgy and dehydrated? If you'd like to explore natural options for your runny

nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, and post-nasal drip, these six foods, all rich in nutrients called flavonoids, may help you combat hay fever

The first signs of spring are unmistakable for the allergy-

prone: red, watery eyes, congestion, a pervasive tickle in your throat and, of course, fatigue; how do you sleep when you can't breathe freely?

While some people reach for over-the-counter medication

at the first sign of allergies, side effects like drowsiness, blurred vision, dizziness, nausea and vomiting may be giving you pause. These top six anti-allergy foods are nature's way of helping you breathe easy and enjoy the fruits of spring.

It's All About the Flavonoids The prevalence of allergic diseases has increased worldwide

in the last 20 years. The standard American diet (SAD) is a causal factor that is scientifically linked to this increase as well as to worsened symptoms for allergy sufferers. As natural health enthusiasts know, increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet can provide an array of health


benefits, including boosting immunity to illness and disease. Flavonoids are phytonutrients found in plant foods that are one of the key components identified by science as driving this boost in resilience. A 2007 study reported that flavonoids, ubiquitously present

in fruits, vegetables and teas, inhibit histamine release and sup- press the body's allergic response. Top anti-allergy foods contain copious quantities of flavonoids to help you manage allergy symptoms without the draining effects of medication.

1. Onions (Quercetin) You may not know what quercetin is, but you're already acquainted if onions are a part of your diet. A natural plant pig- ment, quercetin is a flavonoid found in fruits like apples and berries, in vegetables like broccoli, and in herbs like tea and St. John's wort.

Onions and shallots are considered the most important

source of quercetin in many countries since they are available year-round. Quercetin is known for stimulating the immune system through antioxidant and anti-allergic properties character- ized by antiviral activity and antihistamine effects. Quercetin's allergy-busting superpowers are so pronounced, quercetin extract is the main ingredient of many anti-allergy drugs

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