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With pollen counts pumping up sooner than expected this year, many allergy sufferers will reach for eye drops, allergy shots and other medications for relief. But what about a plate of poached salmon, a kale salad or a crisp red pepper?
Allergy-fighting antihistamines come in pill and liquid forms, but they appear naturally vitamin C-packed vegetables. Those, as well as fishrich in Omega-3s, make up an anti-inflammatory diet that can help beat back allergy symptoms,said Emily Telfair, a naturopathic doctor in Baltimore.
Think of antihistamine medications"like the bandaid," she said, necessaryfor many just to get through the day. A few simple changes, though, may prevent your body from needing themin the first place.
"And foods a good way to start," she said.
Here are food choices that can help alleviate allergies, and some you might want to avoid.
Onions, cabbage and apples
These all contain quercetin, a compound that gives some fruits and vegetables a reddish hue. Quercetin also stabilizes mast cells, Telfair said, thosecellsthat pump out histamines as your body reactsto an allergen. Consuming it regularly, infood or supplement form, lends the body ...