The spring allergy season is upon us. And as we all wipe the lovely yellow powder from our windshields and stock up on tissues, it's time to think about what foods can help us ease into the warmer weather.
Of course, if you're having serious allergy problems, always see a medical professional. Below are just a few foods that may help prevent or alleviate symptoms.
Healthy omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA, are in many types of fish and have been shown to have an anti-allergic property. Options include mackerel, salmon, tuna, trout, and sardines.
High Vitamin C Fruits
Vitamin C is what most people turn to during a sick spell, but it's best to stick with vitamins from food and not supplements. To meet your daily needs, eat a variety of vitamin C-rich foods like bell peppers, oranges, strawberries, or kiwis.
Turmeric is often seen as a cure-all, and it doesn't fail in the department of allergies. The yellow spice contains curcumin, which is both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
The research is mixed on whether this home-remedy works, but many swear by it. Eating a small amount of local honey in the early part of allergy season may help you have fewer allergy symptoms.
Foods that are fermented like sauerkraut and kimchi are chock-full of probiotics, which are good for overall health and could help prevent seasonal allergies. To make your own nutrient-rich kimchi, try the recipe below: