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Are There Foods That Act As Antihistamines?

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?
Flowers are a well-known allergy inducer. Photo Credit Flowers image by Andrew Podlaski from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

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.


Are There Foods That Act As Antihistamines?
Strawberries are an excellent source of flavanoids. Photo Credit strawberries 1 image by Joelyn Pullano from Fotolia.com

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

Are There Foods That Act As Antihistamines?
Eat vegetables such as carrots for their antihistamine properties. Photo Credit carrots image by dinostock from Fotolia.com

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

Are There Foods That Act As Antihistamines?
Kiwi fruit is one of the best sources of vitamin C. Photo Credit kiwi fruits image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com

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.


Are There Foods That Act As Antihistamines?
Fennel is a great source of antihistamine properties. Photo Credit salad of fennel image by Chef from Fotolia.com

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.


Are There Foods That Act As Antihistamines?
Keep walnuts on hand for their omega-3 properties. Photo Credit walnuts image by rafalwit from Fotolia.com

“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

Are There Foods That Act As Antihistamines?
In the summer, eat more berries to keep allergies at bay. Photo Credit berries image by Horticulture from Fotolia.com

“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


Are There Foods That Act As Antihistamines?
Eat as much pineapple as you can over the summer months. Photo Credit pineapple image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com

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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