and supplements. When your seasonal allergies start flaring, try adding sulfur-rich onions liberally to your diet. The highest con- centration of quercetin is found in the outer rings where it pro- vides UV-protection for the bulb. If you balk at the thought of eating onions, quercetin is avail-

able as a dietary supplement to aid during times of hay fever and high pollen count.

2. Turmeric (Curcumin) Curcumin, one of the active flavonoids in the spice tur- meric, is a super-supplement with a long history of use for health concerns that cause inflammation, such as seasonal allergies. Curcumin's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties have been clinically validated to support the body when the discom- forts of hay fever start to flare. Curcumin's anti-allergy effects have been researched for

decades, including a 2015 study examining the impact of cur- cumin supplementation on inflammatory markers detected in the body during an allergic reaction, including histamines and cytokines. Researchers found that curcumin improved symptoms of allergic rhinitis, inhibited the changes in nasal mucosa associ- ated with allergic reactions and decreased serum levels of hista- mines in mice. Curcumin also significantly suppressed the pro- duction of inflammatory cytokines in the blood.

3. Bee Pollen (Propolis) Bee pollen is an ancient aid for human health, helpful for

issues like fever reduction and wound healing, and as a topical medicament due to its antiseptic and disinfectant properties. An enzyme-rich mix of flower pollens, honey, wax and bee secre- tions, bee pollen granules contain essential vitamins and amino acids and are a potent source of plant flavonoids. Bee propolis is related to, but not the same as, bee pollen. A resinous substance made by bees as they gather exudate from trees, propolis is a popular health supplement worldwide. Waxy in nature, bees use propolis to construct their hives, and this miraculous substance has been studied as a human health aid for conditions including upper respiratory infections, colds, flus and seasonal allergies. In a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, re-

searchers explored the efficacy of honeybee-collected pollen on allergic reactions in the bloodstream. Daily oral administration of bee pollen to mice significantly reduced cellular-level activa- tion of specific blood antigens found during an allergic reaction. Propolis and bee pollen extracts are available for seasonal

or year-round consumption. With more bioactive components, extracts may be the fastest route to quick allergy relief.

4. Kiwi (Vitamin C) Kiwifruits, commonly referred to as kiwis in the U.S., are a

premier source of vitamin C, a key nutrient in diet-based illness- prevention strategies. Adequate vitamin C in your diet helps stave off disease and may boost your resistance to seasonal allergies. A 2013 study explored the association of antioxidants with allergic rhinitis (AR) in children. Allergic rhinitis refers to a group

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