Focus on Family: Fight spring allergies with these super foods

Lara Field

www.feedkids.com

Top Foods to Fight Spring Allergies:

Whole Grains
A great source of nutrients, including Vitamin E which may help repair cells damaged by allergies and other illnesses. When shopping, be sure to check packages to ensure the first ingredient is “whole grains” versus enriched white or wheat flour or you’ll lose the benefits.

Citrus
Has the powerful antioxidant Vitamin C which, aside from its normal health benefits, specifically can help allergy sufferers as it counteracts histamine (the substance that contributes to your wheezing, sneezing, and itching).

Onions, Garlic and Apples
A great source of quercetin which acts like an antihistamine.

Raw Green and Red Vegetable
Tomatoes, bell peppers, leafy greens and brussel sprouts are loaded with vitamin C. Make sure to eat them raw – otherwise, you’ll cook out the vitamin C benefits.

Yogurt and Kefir
Both have live cultures to help your body produce certain white blood cells and antibodies which can help keep the body from overreacting to allergens.

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