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Seasonal allergy: nine foods to reduce the symptoms

Seasonal allergies are a widespread problem that affects many people around the world.

Side effects of these allergies include a runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, headaches, fatigue and difficulty breathing. However, few people know that there are foods that can help support the immune system and alleviate allergy symptoms. In this photo gallery, we present nine foods that you can include in your diet to fight seasonal allergies naturally and effectively.

Find out what these foods are and how they can help you overcome seasonal allergies. (source: bbcgoodfood)

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Seasonal allergy: nine foods to reduce the symptoms
Seasonal allergies are a widespread problem that affects many people around the world. Side effects of these allergies include a runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, headaches, fatigue and difficulty breathing. However, few people know that there are foods that can help support the immune system and alleviate allergy symptoms. In this photo gallery, we present nine foods that you can include in your diet to fight seasonal allergies naturally and effectively. Find out what these foods are and how they can help you overcome seasonal allergies. (source: bbcgoodfood)
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Cabbage
The cabbage is a vegetable rich in carotenoids: they inhibit the release of histamine, helping to combat symptoms such as rhinorrhea and itchy eyes.
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Turmeric
Turmeric is a spice of important anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties: it contains curcumin, which promotes inhibition of the activation of histamine-releasing cells in the body. Studies have shown its effectiveness in reducing hay fever symptoms.
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Garlic
Garlic can help reduce the severity of symptoms and soothe inflammation by releasing histamine from mast cells.
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Salmon
Salmon is a fatty fish rich in Omega-3 fats that help alleviate common allergy symptoms such as puffy eyes and itchy throat. The experts' advice is to consume it fresh because histamine levels are lower. Other fish rich in Omega-3 fats are the mackerel and the sardine.
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Red onion
Red onions help provide relief to those suffering from pollen and dust mite allergies. In fact, red onions contain a high content of quercetin, a natural antihistamine. You can also find quercetin in berries, apples and broccoli.
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Berries
Berries contain antioxidants and vitamin C, which helps to keep histamine levels in the body down to a tolerable level, thus reducing the risk of watery eyes and itchy throat. Some berries, such as blueberries, cranberries and raspberries also contain quercetin, a natural antihistamine that reduces symptoms of rhinorrhoea, lacrimation and hives.
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Kefir
The kefir is a milk derivative that can be taken through a drink or smoothie. It is rich in probiotics that help maintain the balance of beneficial bacteria that populate the gut.
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Pineapple
Pineapple is a valuable health ally at this particular time of year: this fruit contains an enzyme, bromelain, which can provide relief from itchy eyes or reduce rhinorrhoea (runny nose). Use pineapple as a snack during the day, at breakfast or during meals.
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Ginger
Ginger is a food known to be a natural anti-inflammatory: it inhibits the release of histamine from certain cells. You can add ginger to tea or water or use it as a base for many savoury dishes.
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