Ah-choo! When the weather warms up and pollen is in full force, reaching for specific foods can help you during hay fever attacks and perhaps even prevent them from striking. You really don’t have to suffer through it!
Some foods have specific allergy-fighting features, and what follows are some of the best ones you should eat when you want to kick hay fever to the curb.
- 1. Mediterranean Foods
Eat like the Europeans! Foods that form part of the Mediterranean diet, such as onions, tomatoes, grapes and apples were shown to protect the body against hay fever, according to a 2007 study that was published in the journal Thorax.
- 2. Antioxidant-Rich Foods
Antioxidants help to make the immune system stronger, and the ones you should be getting from your diet include selenium, lycopene and lutein. These can be found in various foods, such as kale, broccoli, sweet potatoes, oranges and lemons.
- 3. Zinc-Packed Foods
You need the mineral zinc to help your body fight allergic reactions, so make sure you top up on sources of this important nutrient. You can find zinc in various vegan-friendly foods such as fortified cereals, legumes and nuts. Make it a daily habit to get enough zinc so that your immune system stays strong.
- 4. Pineapples
These fruits contain an enzyme called bromelain that helps to reduce inflammation in the nasal passages as well as mucus production. It’s definitely a must when your allergies strike. The bonus is that pineapples are refreshing during the summer months so they’ll cool you down.
- 5. Folate Foods
A study found that the more folate people have in their blood, the less they are likely to experience allergies. What foods are best for folate? Try spinach, lentils and chickpeas - or combine all three in a delicious hay fever-busting salad!
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