The Top 5 Foods Anyone with Allergies Should Be Eating

The Food Matters Team THE FOOD MATTERS TEAM

Springtime is always marked by three distinct things: flowers blooming, warmer temperatures, and allergies. While the flowers are beautiful, the dreaded pollen takes its toll on numerous people, causing more than just sinus issues. 

Unfortunately, there are no magical foods that can cure your allergies. But, there are certain foods you can eat to help support your body if you suffer from allergies. 

1. Garlic

Garlic is a powerhouse food packed with many strong compounds, especially beneficial for those who experience allergies. Not only does it have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties that may help reduce allergy symptoms, but it also contains quercetin. Quercetin has immunomodulatory effects, meaning it helps regulate the immune system's response to foreign invaders such as viruses, bacteria, and allergens. 

 2. Citrus fruits

The star vitamin in citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and grapefruits is Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps boost the immune system and reduce inflammation associated with allergies. Vitamin C plays a vital role in supporting immune function and enhancing the body's ability to fight off infections and allergens. It helps stimulate the production and activity of white blood cells, which are involved in the immune response. By bolstering the immune system, vitamin C may help reduce the severity and duration of allergy symptoms.

 3. Turmeric

Turmeric contains an active compound called curcumin. Curcumin has been shown to inhibit inflammatory pathways and reduce the production of inflammatory molecules. By reducing inflammation, turmeric may help alleviate allergy symptoms such as nasal congestion, sneezing, and itching. Plus, turmeric boasts antioxidant properties which may help to relieve allergy symptoms. 

 4. Salmon and other fatty fish

Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), have potent anti-inflammatory properties. Allergic reactions trigger inflammation in the body as the immune system responds to allergens. Omega-3s help reduce the production of inflammatory molecules, which in turn help reduce inflammation and alleviate allergy symptoms such as nasal congestion, sneezing, and itching.

 5. Onion

Onions are nutritious vegetables that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Onions are a significant dietary source of quercetin, a flavonoid with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Quercetin has been studied for its potential to reduce allergic reactions by stabilizing mast cells and inhibiting the release of histamine, a compound involved in allergic responses. Consuming quercetin-rich foods like onions may help alleviate allergy symptoms.

We would love to hear about your experiences of using food as medicine for your allergies! Share them in the comments below.


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