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.
This green vegetable is part of the brassica family, which has many benefits to it, including quercetin. Broccoli sprouts are a rich source of sulforaphane, a potent anti-inflammatory compound. A 2008 study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found the sulforaphane-rich broccoli sprout has potent biological effects in stimulating an antioxidant response. The test dose of broccoli sprouts caused more than a doubling of the enzyme GSTP1, which acts as an antioxidant in the body. This is vital, since respiratory inflammation is responsible for asthma, allergies, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).