Now that spring has finally sprung- flowers and trees are blooming – and a lot of people are dealing with seasonal allergies. Beyond the standard allergy medication, there are several foods that can help fight seasonal allergies according to medical advice site WebMD.
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-Tuna, salmon and mackerel have Omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce inflammation;
-Fruits that are rich in Vitamin C, including kiwis, oranges and other citrus fruits can help cut down on histamines;
-Onions, peppers, berries and parsley have quercetin, another natural plant chemical that can reduce histamine reactions;
-Pineapples have an enzyme called bromelain that “can reduce swelling in the nose and sinuses, helping to relieve hay fever symptoms,” according to AFC;
-Kefir yogurt drink contains probiotics, which can help prevent seasonal allergies; you can also get probiotics in fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi. Look for yogurts that say “live active cultures” on the label, WebMD recommends.
-Green tea contains natural antihistamines, AFC says, so “Drinking a morning cup of green tea (hot or cold) should cut back on morning sneezes,” they recommend.
-Local honey is often recommended as a treatment. “Research is mixed on whether local honey helps you head off allergies,” according to WebMD, but it may help you develop a tolerance for pollens in your area. “It’s not a sure thing, but see if it works for you.”
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