12 Anti-Allergy Superfoods to the Rescue (You Won’t Believe #8)

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4. Garlic

This is a terrific superfood that you simply must include more of in your diet. Its ability to inhibit certain enzymes that generate inflammation in the body is one of the most potent in nature and can go a long way towards helping to prevent allergic reactions. Garlic also has antibiotic, antioxidant, and immune improving compounds that can prevent a trip to the doctor for an anti-histamine shot during peak allergy seasons.  Garlic should be slightly crushed to release its active ingredient, alllicin. Crush one or two cloves of organic garlic, and then swallow them whole. You can also add sliced or crushed garlic to your cooking for added protection.

 

5. Collard Greens

Eating collard greens regularly can also help to prevent seasonal allergies. The photochemical in this vegetable, carotenoids, are well-known for easing allergic reactions. Also, to improve your immune system function, collard greens also have plenty of vitamin C. Buy dark green collard greens as these have the highest levels of carotenoids. To get the most out of this vegetable, don’t overcook them. It’s best to lightly sauté them in a bit of olive oil.

 

6. Apples

Let’s change that old adage to read, “An apple a day keeps allergies at bay!”  Apples are a great source of quercetin, a powerful flavonoid which can offer protection from allergic reactions. By stabilizing the cell membranes, quercetin prevents the release of excess amounts of histamine, the hormone that causes those allergic reactions. Eat one or two organic apples each day. Any variety will do which ever flavor is your favorite is the one you should choose. Apple juice is also a good choice, but the fiber and added nutrients found in the skin of apples can’t be beat for so many health reasons.

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