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Are There Foods That Act As Antihistamines?

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author image Victoria Philpott
Victoria Philpott has been a print and online writer since 2007. She has worked for "Take a Break," "Zest," "Christmas Feast," "Rail Europe." "Arts and Collections," "Today's Business Woman," "Wellbeing" and "Health and Fitness Angels." Philpott has a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies and a postgraduate diploma in journalism from Harlow College.
Are There Foods That Act As Antihistamines?
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There are some foods that contain the properties found in the antihistamine medication you might be familiar with from chemists and pharmacists. These natural antihistamines work towards naturally reducing the secretion of histamine–the allergy-causing element–by inhibiting the release or action of histamine without the side effects of drugs. This histamine is what is released during an allergic reaction and often causes an inflammatory response.

Flavanoids

Strawberries are an excellent source of flavanoids.
Strawberries are an excellent source of flavanoids.

Colorful fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and bell peppers are rich in flavanoids, says Buzzle.com. These flavanoids act like antihistamines and also contain carotenes, which promote anti-inflammatory activity. According to McVitamins.com, garlic and onions act in the same way to “retard the inflammatory reactions of allergies.”

Vitamin A

Eat vegetables such as carrots for their antihistamine properties.
Eat vegetables such as carrots for their antihistamine properties.

Fruits and vegetables are also full of vitamin A, which can help control allergic reactions. This is found most potently in spinach, mangoes, carrots, tomatoes and green leafy vegetables. Eat fruits and vegetables as fresh and as raw as possible for the best results.

Vitamin C

Kiwi fruit is one of the best sources of vitamin C.
Kiwi fruit is one of the best sources of vitamin C.

According to Buzzle.com, the antioxidant Vitamin C “fights against the free radicals, boosts the immune system and relieves the symptoms of allergies.” This vitamin is abundant in fruits–particularly citrus ones.

Compounds

Fennel is a great source of antihistamine properties.
Fennel is a great source of antihistamine properties.

Herbs are a popular natural antihistamine–Buzzle.com says they’re “enriched with compounds that can prevent or lower the secretion of histamine to provide allergy relief.” Try green tea, chamomile tea, nettle tea or ginger tea, and add garlic, thyme, fennel and basil to your recipes.

Omega-3

Keep walnuts on hand for their omega-3 properties.
Keep walnuts on hand for their omega-3 properties.

“Canola Oil, meat fed with grass and flax seed oil contain omega-3, which helps to calm down the allergies,” says Haitiwebs.com. You could also try salmon and walnuts to boost your intake of omega-3 fatty acids.

Quercetin and Pycnogenol

In the summer, eat more berries to keep allergies at bay.
In the summer, eat more berries to keep allergies at bay.

“Quercetin and pycnogenol can inhibit the release of histamine by the mast cells, and hence, control allergic flare ups,” says Buzzle.com. Eat citrus fruits, broccoli, capsicum, berries, onions, garlic, tea and apples

Bromelain

Eat as much pineapple as you can over the summer months.
Eat as much pineapple as you can over the summer months.

According to Buzzle.com, pineapple is one of the best natural antihistamines as it contains an enzyme called bromelain, “which has anti-inflammatory properties, and can facilitate proper absorption of quercetin and pycnogenol.”

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