Is there anything worse than getting hit with sneezing, a runny nose and itchy eyes brought about by seasonal allergies? Of course, there is. But if you happen to be among the one in ten Americans suffering through these awful symptoms, it is hard to imagine anything more debilitating or exhausting. Yes, there are plenty of ways to treat hay fever and similar seasonal threats, including prescription remedies and over-the-counter options. Thankfully, there are even natural options available for those who find little relief from these commercial options or simply want to avoid them altogether. And of course, WellWell has identified some leading candidates. Read on.
Ginger has been an all-natural remedy for a host of maladies for centuries. This includes problems with nausea and joint pain. In the last few years, studies have found it may also be a balm for easing seasonal allergies because of its potential for suppressing the production of pro-inflammatory proteins which can reduce allergy symptoms.
Vitamin C can do a number on histamines, which can ignite allergy symptoms like sneezing and itchy eyes. Before forewarned, however. Grapefruit can interact with certain meds so it’s wise to check with a doctor before diving into a pile of them.
Munching fatty fish like sardines or mackerel is another option for holding down allergy symptoms. Their inherent omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, lessening or even preventing throats and noses from swelling when pollen is running wild.
The flavonoid quercetin in red onions is a powerful and natural antihistamine. Ultimately, it helps prevent cells from reacting to allergens like pollen and dust mites. Not a fan of red onions? No sweat. Quercetin is also in apples, berries and broccoli.
This distinctly yellow spice adds lots of flavor to soups and curries, better yet for allergy sufferers, it can also reduce inflammation. Within turmeric, it is curcumin that really helps battle allergies. It becomes even more potent when black pepper is added to the mix or seasoning.
They may look like cute little green trees, but broccoli is packed with sulforaphane, an antioxidant that helps battle allergies by reducing airway inflammation. Research indicates that just one cup can have a positive impact.
Epigallocatechin gallate is an antioxidant in green tea that is useful in whacking back allergy symptoms. Beyond this, green tea is believed to help battle colds and nasal congestion.
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