Foods you should and shoudn't eat during fall allergy season

Posted on September 16, 2013

Foods you should and shouldn’t eat for Fall Allergies

Foods to help combat fall or ragweed allergies:

  • BROCCOLI -It’s high in allergy-relieving vitamin C and it’s a member of the crucifer family, plants that have been shown to clear out blocked-up sinuses. Researchers have found about 500 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C a day can ease allergy symptoms, and just 1 cup of raw broccoli packs about 80 mg. Also try cabbage, or cauliflower.

 

  • KALE - rich in the carotenoid department, containing vitamin A thought to improve allergy symptoms. A number of studies have shown that people with low vitamin A stores are more likely to have asthma and allergy problems.

 

  • ONIONS AND GARLIC- helps fight allergies by acting like an antihistamine.

 

  • PUMPKINS- Like broccoli and leafy greens, pumpkins are rich in allergy-fighting carotenoids, the form of vitamin A that you need to ward off allergies

 

  • CARROTS-  these also contain carotenoid to help with ragweed season

 

  • CELERY-  full of vitamin C and anti-inflammatory compounds

Even though foods can be great natural allergy cures, some can actually trigger allergy symptoms. This is called "oral allergy syndrome" and occurs when your body mistakes proteins in certain foods for the same allergic proteins in ragweed.  Usually cooking those foods neutralizes the offending proteins. During ragweed season try to cook or avoid the following: apples, bananas, melons, (watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew), cucumber, zucchini, and honey.

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