Food & Diet
Superfoods to Help You Overcome Spring Allergies
Even though you might have thought that taking medications against allergies is the only thing you need and should do when the seasonal allergies start affecting you, there is so much more you can do to alleviate your troubles with them. Going to the doctor, taking antihistamine and avoiding the triggers of your allergic reaction is usually a good thing, but you can also feel better if you start eating certain foods which can prevent or decrease the severity of your allergies. Besides that, those foods can also help you improve your health in general, and they certainly cannot harm you, so there is no pain in giving it a try.
Antioxidants found in whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, green tea, protein rich foods, whole grains, nuts and seeds have been proven as beneficial for controlling the symptoms of allergies. Therefore, eating such foods can help you significantly. On the other hand, eating the wrong kinds of food, the ones that cause inflammations, such as those with high sugar contents, can only worsen your condition, so make sure you stick to healthy nutritional habits.
Soups, especially clear ones can help in clearing nasal passages thus enabling you to breathe easier and feel better. This is even more effective if you add some pepper into the soup. There are various soups you can eat to achieve the same effect, including beet and carrot soup (which has anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants, and this combination helps you overcome your allergic reaction), sweet potato soup with thyme (sweet potatoes contain substances such as quercetin that prevent allergic reactions, while ginger and thyme are generally very healthy and help with various health conditions including allergies), etc.
Broccoli is one of the best foods for helping you deal with your spring allergies. First, because it is packed with vitamin C, which is known to relieve symptoms of allergy, and second because it is a vegetable from the crucifer family which is a known powerful aid in helping you breathe with ease by clearing your sinuses. One cup of broccoli contains around 80 mg of vitamin C, and your body needs around 500 mg of this powerful antioxidant for the allergy symptoms to be relieved.
Lemons, oranges, and other citrus fruit are also packed with vitamin C. One big orange contains around 100 mg of this vitamin, and grapefruit, lime and lemon aren’t far behind. Eating enough of these fruits can very much help you with your allergies.
Butterbur – ever heard of it? Butterbur shrub has roots and leaves that contain petasines, substances which can neutralize the triggers of your allergic reaction. However, this plant is not recommended for young children or people over 65, or for those that are allergic to ragweed. It’s effectiveness in the battle against allergy symptoms have been confirmed by a British study which included 6 studies. All examining butterbur and its acting power when it comes to relieving allergies. As its root contains pyrrolizidines which can (when in high levels) damage the liver, when you buy the products made of it ask for those that have had the pyrrolizidines extracted. This plant relieves allergic reactions such as sneezing, runny nose, itching and swollenness within a week.
Elderberries are known to have beneficial properties when it comes to improving the immune system and curing the flu, but they also have the ability to relieve allergic symptoms. These berries can be taken in the form of a juice, jam, or even wine, and in all those forms it can help you with the inflammation your allergy has caused. This is mainly due to the high levels of flavanoids contained in these berries, compounds that act anti-inflammatory.
Garlic, as well as onions, could also be called superfoods when it comes to helping you overcome your allergies. These vegetables are so good because of their content of quercetin, which behaves like antihistamine in battling allergies.
Parsley can be a very helpful herb, but it needs to be taken with caution. The author of The New Healing Herbs, Michael Castleman says that parsley acts in such a way that it prevents and stops the production of histamine, a substance that provokes allergic reactions. A thing to be careful about is the diuretic property of parsley. Before taking it in large amounts, firs consult your doctor to see if it’s completely safe for you.
All these foods can be helpful in dealing with spring allergies. But it is highly advisable that you speak to your doctor before introducing any drastic changes, and make sure that you are not allergic to any of these foods. They are generally beneficial, but the same rules don’t have to apply to everyone.