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What Foods to Eat to Beat Hay Fever

If you suffer from spring allergies take a look at your plate: Some foods can make allergies worse. Surprised? Here’s how to eat for relief.


Don’t eat: honey

If pollen leaves your eyes red, skip honey: The sweet stuff can have microscopic amounts of the allergen mixed in.


Don’t eat: fermented foods

If mold makes you sneezy, skip anything that’s been fermented or could harbor other strains of mold spores: raisins, beer, wine, sourdough bread, blue cheese, pickles, and vinegar. Certain fermented foods can also bother your belly.


Don’t eat: plants in the sunflower family

If ragweed triggers your symptoms, avoid its edible relatives as well: tarragon, artichokes, endive, and chamomile tea.


Eat: flaxseeds

The tiny seeds are packed with omega-3s, but don’t pop them whole: The body can absorb their fatty acids only when the seeds are ground. Here’s how to make flaxseeds and other superfoods even healthier.


Eat: turmeric

The prime ingredient in this Indian spice, curcumin, has a natural antihistamine effect. Stir it into soups, egg dishes, and curries. Here are more natural allergy remedies that provide relief.


Eat: salmon and herring

Some reports suggest that eating omega-3 fatty acids can help soothe allergy symptoms; salmon and herring are excellent sources.

Reader's Digest
Originally Published in Reader's Digest

Perri O. Blumberg
A former food editor at Reader's Digest, Perri Blumberg is a writer and editor based in New York City. After attending Columbia University, where she received a BA in psychology, she went on to study food at a health-supportive culinary school. Her work has appeared in O Magazine, Men's Journal, Country Living, and on Mind, Body, Green, among others.

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