3 Natural Antihistamines to Ward off Allergic Reactions
Allergic reactions can present themselves in many ways; from sniffling, sneezing and coughing to skin swelling, itchy eyes and skin and even systemic reactions. Many people suffer from mild allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, as it is more commonly known.
These seasonal allergies can be tormenting for their duration and medical treatments may not be the best option for a long-term condition like allergies. This article focuses on some food items that you can consume on a regular basis to reduce your reaction to known allergens, and hence curb the inflammatory response. These foods can also curb allergic responses from food allergies.
The good part is that these are readily-available foods at your green grocer’s, and it is one of the few things that both western medicine and alternative health practitioners can agree on. Read on to learn which foods these are.
1. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a wonder in nature. Apart from its effects as a natural anti-histamine, the water-soluble ascorbic acid has a myriad other functions within the body. It is a powerful antioxidant which fights destruction from free radicals. It also plays a role in synthesis of collagen, hence is a popular ingredient in skin formulations.
You should consume vitamin C-rich foods as soon as possible after preparation because these foods are degraded with long exposure to air. Boiling, processing or storing for a long time also detracts from the good effects of the vitamin.
Good food sources of vitamin C include blackcurrants, guavas, parsley, kale, red bell peppers. Brussels sprouts, broccoli, green sweet peppers, watercress, mango, mustard greens, strawberries, red cabbage, cauliflower, white and green cabbage, papayas, elderberries, citrus fruits, spinach, peaches, calf liver, cantaloupe, turnips, green onions, cayenne pepper, asparagus, green peas, black-eyed peas, new lima beans, yellow summer squash, raspberries, radishes, tomatoes, loganberries, sweet potatoes, new potatoes, bananas lettuce, honeydew, kiwi, cranberry juice, tomato juice, vegetable juices, kohlrabi, rutabaga and of course, pineapples.
Flavonoids like quercetin are plant pigments which are responsible for the coloration in many vegetables, flowers and fruits. Quercetin has natural antihistamine properties, and works by stabilizing the mast cells to prevent both release and manufacture of histamine and other inflammatory or allergic compounds.
Good food sources of the flavonoid Quercetin include garlic, onions, citrus fruits, tea, parsley apples, broccoli, tomatoes, legumes, lettuce, wine and berries.
3. Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are postulated to reduce allergic reactions because they have anti-inflammatory properties. They are richly found in cold-water fish like salmon and walnuts. You can also get them from grass-fed meat products, flaxseed oil and canola oil.
If you suffer from allergies, begin loading up on natural antihistamines at least six weeks before the start of allergy season, and keep taking them throughout the season. For many people who don’t really know the exact allergens that trigger their responses, incorporating these foods into your diet all the time can help you keep symptoms at bay. This will reduce you need for medication, as well as interruption to your normal life.
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