Herbs, Spices and Foods for Spring Allergy Relief
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Spring is here! Got allergies? You’re not alone.
This year, instead of simply treating your symptoms, why not use personalized nutrition strategies to boost your immune system?
Do antihistamines help allergies?
Studies have shown that while antihistamines can relieve discomfort associated with allergies, their use may actually prolong the episodes as well. By incorporating foods that are right for your blood type, you can personalize your allergy plan this spring before it gets the best of you—and without prolonging symptoms.
Following The Blood Type Diet guidelines, choose some of these herbs, spices and foods to naturally prevent and treat springtime allergy symptoms. As always, do your best to use wild, organic, non-irradiated herbs, spices and foods for best results. For more allergy-fighting foods, check out our condition specific book, Allergies: Fight Them with The Blood Type Diet, which outlines best choices by blood type. For more information about fighting seasonal allergies, including allergy fighting super foods for each blood type, check out this article.
Allergy Fighting Foods & Spices
Turmeric (Curcuma longa): A spice commonly used in Indian curries, turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It also supports the mucus membranes of sinuses and lungs and is therefore a healthy choice for springtime allergy prevention and relief.
Stinging Nettle Leaf(Urtica dioica): An herb that contains histamine—what the body secretes during an allergic reaction—stinging nettle leaf helps to desensitize the body to allergens that would otherwise cause the typical sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes well known to those who suffer from springtime allergies.
Parsley: A rich source of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients such as apigenin and carotenoids, parsley inhibits the secretion of allergy-inducing histamines and raises levels of antioxidant enzymes in the bloodstream.
Onions, Garlic and Apples: All three contain high levels of quercetin, which helps fight allergies by supporting histamine clearance.
Broccoli and Citrus Fruits: All contain high levels of vitamin C, a natural antihistamine. Broccoli is also known for clearing up blocked sinuses.
If you haven’t already, start incorporating these allergy-fighters into your daily diet—and get ready to breathe easy this spring!