There are steps you can take to limit your exposure to pollen or molds, which trigger the onset of symptoms. Rather than relying on over-the-counter (OTC) medications that are sure to make you drowsy, there are some foods that help prevent and alleviate allergy symptoms. It all starts with a healthy and well-balanced diet.
The old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” may hold some merit — at least when it comes to fighting spring allergies. This fruit is rich in quercetin, which offers protection against both allergies and asthma. Dr. Matthew Brennecke, a board certified naturopathic doctor practicing at the Rocky Mountain Wellness Center in Fort Collins, Colo., told Medical Daily in an email: “Quercetin has great properties to them, including anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine qualities.”A 2006 study published in the Journal of Investigational Allergology & Clinical Immunology found apple polyphenols suppressed histamine released by reducing auricular swelling in allergic mice and alleviating skin inflammation in atopic patients. In other words, apple polyphenols were effective in alleviating symptoms of persistent allergic rhinitis.