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13 Foods That Fight Allergies

Hesperetin/Hesperidin for Hay Fever

Hesperetin and hesperidin are almost identical except that the latter is bound to a sugar molecule. Research shows that these potent phytonutrients have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic, and cholesterol-lowering actions, and also protect blood vessels against damage. These are just some of the therapeutic side-effects of hesperidin. Hesperidin is also beneficial for allergies and hay fever because of its antihistamine properties. Green vegetables are a source of hesperidin / hesperetin.  You can also find them in their highest concentration in citrus fruits like lemons and oranges, especially the white part, or pith. Of course, avoid citrus fruits if you suspect that you are sensitive to them.

Take Quercetin to Quell Allergy Symptoms

Quercetin is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-histamine phytonutrient. Research shows that eating a quercetin-rich diet lowers LDL (harmful) cholesterol, blood pressure, and risk of heart disease, as well as the risk of prostate, colon, ovarian, breast, gastric, prostate, and cervical cancers. These are great beneficial side-effects but we’re interested in its ability to help allergy symptoms and to improve lung function. Apples and onions are excellent sources of quercetin.  Some studies show that people who eat a lot of apples have improved lung function and reduced risk of lung conditions. Other good sources include: berries, cabbage, cauliflower, nuts (not peanuts), and black, green, or white tea.

It is frequently beneficial to take quercetin in a supplement form to assist with the histamine-induced sinus congestion, runny eyes or nose, or other allergy symptoms. The food sources of this nutrient are helpful but when you’re experiencing full-blown allergies, you may need higher doses of this anti-histamine-type nutrient to combat uncomfortable symptoms. Most quercetin supplements also contain the enzyme bromelain, which is an excellent anti-allergy combination. Most people find relief from taking 400 milligrams of quercetin twice daily.

Adapted with permission from Allergy-Proof by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.  Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and the upcoming book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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12:33PM PDT on May 26, 2014

Good info!

3:51AM PDT on May 7, 2014

Better choices than pills

6:31PM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

thanks, but I was hoping they'd all be chocolate

7:06AM PST on Nov 11, 2013

Interesting. Thank you.

9:23AM PDT on Sep 6, 2013

Great Info!

1:13AM PDT on Aug 22, 2013

thanks

7:26AM PDT on May 5, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

1:58PM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

TY ;)

6:25PM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

thanks

7:42AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

I love how the thing I'm most allergic to is apples. Still, the rest of the tips won't go unnoticed. I'm up for trying anything to cure these allergies a little, especially if it involves eating delicious fruit.

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