Allergy season is hitting its peak, and there are many natural alternatives to over-the-counter medications. Omega-3 Fatty Acids are anti-inflammatory and can reduce allergic reactions. Good nutritional sources of Omega-3 include:

  • Salmon and other cold water fish (avoid chunk light canned tuna)
  • Grass-fed meat
  • Walnuts
  • Flax seed

Quercetin

Flavonoids, such as quercetin, are a group of plant pigments that are largely responsible for the colors of many fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Quercetin is a natural antihistamine that helps stabilize mast cells to prevent both the manufacture and release of histamine, as well as other allergic and inflammatory compounds.

  • Citrus, apples
  • Onions, garlic
  • Parsley, broccoli
  • Tea, tomatoes
  • Legumes, dark berries, red wine

Vitamin C

Foods rich in vitamin C should be eaten as soon as possible when fresh, as they lose their strength after being exposed to air, or being processed, boiled, or stored for long periods of time.

  • Berries, currants, most fruits
  • Sweet and red bell peppers, parsley, cilantro
  • Leafy greens such as kale, mustard, chard
  • Cabbage, cauliflower, asparagus, squash
  • Onions, peas, lima bean, sweet potatoes

Consulting a naturopathic doctor can also assist in finding alternative approaches that personally target your allergic reactions and sensitivities.