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Just In Time for Spring - Natural Allergy-Fighting SuperfoodsAs the seasons change and spring approaches, allergies are on high-alert - but not everything outdoors is out to attack us. In fact, certain foods are actually effective natural antihistamines.

Here are five of some of nature's best allergy fighters:

 

1. Strawberries Rich in flavanoids, a natural antihistamine, as well as anti-inflammatory carotenes, strawberries are a perfect ‪‎spring‬ fruit to help fight those pesky allergies. The effectiveness of flavanoid-rich foods is best when paired with an approved antihistamine medication (consult your physician before taking any medication for allergies).
Flavonoids, common substances in the daily diet, comprise a large group of low-molecular-weight polyphenolic secondary plant metabolites and are included in various vegetables, fruits and beverages. Flavanoids share a common structure consisting of two aromatic rings that are bound together by three carbon atoms that form an oxygenated heterocycle. They exert several biological benefits for humans, such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-angionic, anti-allergic and immune- modulating effects. An appropriate intake of flavonoids may therefore be expected to prevent chronic diseases including allergic diseases. (Tanaka, OA Alternative Medicine).

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2. Salmon

Salmon is one of nature's best sources for Omega-3 fatty acids, which are a natural anti-inflammatory. A boost in Omega-3 is often recommended for asthma sufferers because of its ability to relieve inflammation. So if you find that your respiratory is especially effected by your allergies, increase your fatty acids.

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3. Pineapple

Another anti-inflammatory superfood, pineapple contains a compound called bromelain, which is also found in medication to fight bronchitis. So if your inflammation seems to be residing primarily in the nose and sinuses, pineapple may be what you are after.

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4. Citrus Fruits

High in immune-boosting Vitamin C, anti-inflammatory compounds, and quercetin, a natural antihistamine, citrus fruits will help keep your allergies under control and your body & voice healthy through spring.

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5. PapayaThis delicious fruit naturally helps to prevent the secretion of histamine, and its abundance of Vitamin C also makes it a great immune-booster to help your body fight free radicals and stay healthy.

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If you are suffering from allergies, consult a physician before taking any medication or introducing a new dietary regimen. We will talk about more spring-time superfoods next week!

 

SourcesTanaka T. Flavonoids as complementary medicine for allergic diseases: current evidence and future prospects. OA Alternative Medicine 2013 May 01;1(2):11.Opperman, Dr. David - Colorado Voice Clinic
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