Spring is here! Grass is growing. Flowers are blooming. Greenery is taking over the landscape. Unfortunately, with this beautiful transformation comes seasonal allergies. If seasonal allergies effect you, consider these three foods to help.
Onions are often the silent heroes of nutrition. They are a natural pre-biotic, which means that our good gut bacteria love them. Additionally, they are high in plant-based chemical called quercetin. Quercetin is very is among the strongest natural chemicals to help with allergies. A 2017 study showed that quercetin fights inflammation caused by allergic reactions.
It is also proven to stimulate the immune system, inhibits the release of histamines, which are chemicals that cause allergic reactions. The part of the onion with the most quercetin is the onion peels! Save your onion peels and throw them in some warm bone broth to drink when you are hit with a bad sneezing spell this Spring.
Sprouts from broccoli seeds are another inexpensive way to fight allergies this season. Broccoli sprouts have a chemical called sulforaphane. A clinical trial study published in 2014 showed that taking broccoli sprout extract daily for four days after being exposed to environmental allergens showed a 54 percent drop in which blood cell response and helps reduce the allergic response and asthma.
Sulforaphane is also great for detoxing and for brain health. If you are pressed for time and cannot grow broccoli sprouts, try BrocElite Plus– the only supplement on the market with a stabilized sulforaphane.
Curcumin found in turmeric is another excellent way to help with seasonal allergies. Like sulforaphane, curcumin in turmeric also aids with allergic response through reducing ones inflammatory and immune responses. A 2018 study showed that intranasal curcumin protected against asthma by blocking pro-inflammatory nf-kB pathway, which is the body’s natural response to allergens. If you juice, you can include a slice of tumeric into your favorite recipe. Alternatively, this turmeric almond milk recipe is very tasty.