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
- Flax seed
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
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.