Spring may be wonderful, with its blossoming trees and colorful flowers. But what’s not so wonderful are the allergies that come with all these blooming beauties. Thankfully, there are foods you can eat to help reduce your allergy symptoms. So if you’re sniffling and sneezing, add these items to your meals — pronto!
Omega-3s, found in salmon, fresh tuna, flaxseed and a number of other goodies (find a full list of omega-3 rich foods here) help with inflammation. In addition, the fatty acids in salmon may help lung function, according to WebMD.
Clear broths, such as miso soup or good, ole-fashioned chicken noodle, can help loosen mucus and congestion.
Some fruits — such as peaches, apples, grapes, cherries and pears — contain quercetin, which reportedly has antihistamine properties.
Items rich in vitamin C — such as citrus fruits, berries, potatoes, tomatoes and kale — are also helpful in reducing allergy symptoms, especially when paired with foods, or a supplement, with quercetin, says WebMD.
Eating spicy foods, such as those that use cayenne pepper, or simply onions or garlic, can help clear nasal passages.
It’s important to get enough vitamin D as studies suggest a deficiency in the sun-produced vitamin can lead to an increased risk of asthma. Another way to get vitamin D is through fortified dairy products, such as milk and yogurt.
And for good measure, here are foods to avoid because they may actually make your allergy symptoms worse: melon, bananas, cucumber, sunflower seeds and chamomile.