A runny nose, an itchy throat, and sneezing are among the all-too-familiar symptoms of people who have seasonal allergies. While everyone else is outside enjoying the change of seasons, these individuals are cooped up with a Kleenex box and antihistamines trying to alleviate their discomfort.
What exactly causes these symptoms to occur? Best Health Magazine explains that if your nose is sensitive to allergens like pollen and grasses, “Immune cells release histamines, the chemicals responsible for most of your allergy symptoms,” which triggers inflammation in order to “keep the allergens from traveling into the body.” Fortunately, there are a wide variety of foods that can help with seasonal allergies by reducing this inflammation, including the following 12.
1. Quercetin-Rich Foods
What do onions, peppers, berries, apples, and parsley have in common? Seemingly not much; however, they all contain a bioflavonoid called quercetin. Quercetin is a natural antihistamine that the Food Network says “works by stabilizing cells and halting histamine production.” And, as mentioned, histamines are what cause seasonal allergy symptoms to occur.
Best Health Magazine says that quercetin also “helps improve the body’s absorption of vitamin C,” another immunity-boosting antioxidant that we’ll discuss in further detail later on. Additionally, the source says quercetin “may even work to stabilize cell membranes so they’re less reactive to allergens.”