It's that time again * ALLERGY Season*
Can the foods we eat make a difference?
Itchy, scratchy, watery eyes, runny nose and maybe even a little wheezing. How are we going to help ourselves? Did you know, food can help us make this season more enjoyable? Yes foods rich in antioxidants like fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds & even omega 3 fatty acid foods can help control or prevent allergies. They are all helping in reducing inflammation which is critical to controlling allergies.
Eating the right foods.
The following is a list of different kinds of antioxidants and foods that are high in each.
• Allium sulphur compounds:Leeks, onions, garlic
• Anthocyanins: Eggplant, grapes, berries
• Beta carotene: Pumpkin,mangoes, apricots, carrots, spinach, parsley
• Catechins: Red wine, tea
• Copper: Seafood, lean meat, milk, nuts, legumes
• Cryptoxanthins: Red peppers, pumpkin, mangoes
• Flavonoids: Tea, green tea, red wine, citrus fruits, onion, apples
• Indoles: Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower
• Lignans: Sesame seeds, bran, whole grains, vegetables
• Lutein: Corn, leafy greens (such as spinach)
• Lycopene: Tomatoes, pink grapefruit, watermelon
• Manganese: Seafood, lean meat, milk, nuts
• Polyphenols: Thyme, oregano
• Selenium: Seafood, offal, lean meat, whole grains
• Vitamin C: Oranges, berries, kiwi fruit, mangoes, broccoli, spinach, peppers
• Vitamin E: Vegetable oils, nuts, avocados, seeds, whole grains
• Zinc: Seafood, lean meat, milk, nuts
• Zoochemicals: Red meat, offal, fish