Allergy-fighting foods

GreenTeaInGlassIn many parts of the world it’s the beginning of allergy season, with its accompanying congestion, runny noses, watery eyes and sneezes.

Countless people dash off to the pharmacy to purchase synthetic antihistamines, when actually a well-balanced diet would prevent or limit the miserable symptoms.

Here are some of the most potent allergy-fighting foods:

Foods rich in Quercetin, a powerful bioflavonoid with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antihistamine properties are contained in groups of powerful allergy-fighting foods that include onions, apples, berries, cabbage, cauliflower and green and black teas.

Walnuts and flaxseeds are excellent sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids (most Westerners are deficient in omega 3’s which help regulate your body’s natural functions).

Also salmon, trout, tuna, sardines and anchovies. (Be sure and check fish sources as today they may have high levels of mercury and other toxic pollutants such as radium.)

Avoid farm-raised fish, as their unnatural diet impairs or eliminates their historic beneficial natural compounds.

Vitamin C-rich foods such as apples, oranges, strawberries and watermelon are also excellent allergy-fighting foods. Whole food supplements of vitamin C enhance the natural antioxidant effects of these foods.

Purple and red foods such as beets, cherries, dark grapes and berries and red/purple cabbage are naturally rich in anthocyanin, a natural anti-inflammatory. Increased anthocyanin intakes also reducse blood vessel hardening and supports overall heart health.

Garlic is a super food known to have many curative properties since ancient times. Just one is reducing allergic reactions by hindering the effects of enzymes (due to toxic food and exposure) that produce inflammatory action.

Magnesium-rich foods such as almonds and cashews have great allergy relief effects by relaxing the muscles of the bronchial tubes and of the whole body. Other good magnesium food sources are dark, leafy greens and whole grains such as oats, barley, buckwheat, quinoa and sprouted seeds (not wheat).

Green tea is well known as a weight loss nutrient, but the catechins in green tea are also known to inhibit enzymes contributing to allergies. It is best to use loose green tea leaves, not tea bags. Enhance the absorption and availability of catechins in the body with fresh lemon juice.

Turmeric is a native Indian spice used extensively in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. Because of its many medicinal powers it is no doubt a primary reason Indian and Chinese folks suffer far fewer chronic lifestyle diseases than Westerners….who favor intervention and drugs over dietary prevention.

Turmeric powder is easily available to sprinkle over stews and stir frys and to include in salad dressings and  flavoring fish and chicken.

What is not so widely known is that turmeric is one of the most powerful of allergy- fighting foods because of its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Horseradish, anise, fennel and hot mustard are fantastic decongestants! Think of that stinging feeling that thunders through your nose after a dose of them, not harming you but clearing out your sinuses!

So…good luck to you in trying natural allergy-fighting foods in place of unnatural chemical substitutes.