Beating Allergies With Food

Spring is coming and many people are excited for the days to get warmer and the trees to begin blooming. The rest of us, however, are stocking up on the massive quantities of antihistamines that we require just to get through our day. And according to experts, this spring is going to be even itchier than normal, thanks to climate changes that all but guarantee allergies will be the norm in years to come.

However, an allergy specialist from Rutgers University’s Center for Environmental Prediction named Leonard Bielory, M.D., insists that eating certain foods while avoiding others can affect a person’s likelihood for developing seasonal allergies and how severe their symptoms become. Here are some of the best and the worst foods out there for fighting allergies:

The Good

  • Fish. Omega 3 fatty acids have been found in some studies to lower the risk of developing an allergy. It can also reduce symptoms in those who already suffer from allergies. The best fish for allergies is salmon, which is chock full of omega 3s.
  • Apples. Vitamin C can protect against asthma, as well as allergies. Apples also contain an antioxidant called quercetin, which can improve lung function.
  • Red grapes. Resveratrol, the stuff that makes red wine so good, may also be able to reduce the symptoms of allergies.
  • Hot liquids. If you’re frequently congested because of allergies, a nice hot cup of tea or soup may help to thin out mucous and ease congestion as it keeps you hydrated. A nice hot shower will help too, if you’re not feeling like soup right now.

The Bad

  • Celery! Celery, corn, tomatoes and other foods that are related to grass can cause itchiness for those who have an allergy to grasses. Likewise, bananas, melons and cucumbers can cause trouble for ragweed allergies.
  • Spicy foods. Capsaicin, what gives spicy peppers their bite, triggers symptoms that mimic allergies, like a runny nose and watery eyes. This can exaggerate already existing allergy symptoms.
  • Alcohol. Not only does booze lead to a runny nose, it can also contain histamines from the fermentation process, which can lead to allergy-like symptoms.


This spring promises to be a killer allergy season. While watching your diet probably won’t protect you from all of the allergy symptoms, it’s yet another weapon in your arsenal against seasonal allergies.


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