Eat these foods to fight allergiesAlready in a runny-nose-and-scratchy-throat state of desperation? Try a little edible medicine.
Already in a runny-nose-and-scratchy-throat state of desperation? Try a little edible medicine, courtesy of Randy Horwitz, M.D., medical director at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
Oranges: Quercetin gives oranges their color, and keeps your body from reacting so strongly to pollen. "Apples and onions have quercetin too," says Horwitz, "but with oranges, you also get an extra anti-allergy boost from the vitamin C."
Salmon: Its omega-3s have anti-inflammatory properties to help ease your runny nose and itchy eyes. Horwitz recommends eating fatty fish every other day; vegetarians can sprinkle walnuts or flaxseed on cereal.
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Greek yogurt: A study from the University of California, Davis, found that a cup of yogurta day can soothe seasonal allergy symptoms, thanks to the live cultures.
Green or white tea: These drinks contain compounds called catechins, which block the creation of histamines (the chemicals that cause allergy symptoms).
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Turmeric: The spice, crucial for tasty curries, also packs a potent anti-allergy kick. "Use it liberally," says Horwitz. "It's the best natural anti-inflammatory we have." Pick up some Indian takeout tonight--it's doctor's orders.
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