Histamine is at the center of seasonal allergies. It’s released from mast cells and causes most of the irritating symptoms.
Some foods and habits can trigger histamine and hence worsen allergies (see my previous post). Now you ready for the good news?
✨ Food and nutrition can also be a powerful way to counteract all this madness and bring the immune response back into a healthy state ✨
Let’s look at 3 key nutrients and their food sources…
🧅 Quercetin 🧅
Quercetin is a flavonoid in plant foods that stabilizes mast cells (meaning a lesser chance of histamine release).
Great food sources of quercetin include apples, onions, and berries.
🍊 Vitamin C 🍊
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that supports immune function and works together synergistically with quercetin.
Great sources of vitamin C include strawberries, bell peppers, citrus fruits, and most other fruits and veg!
🐟 Omega-3s 🐟
Omega-3s are essential fatty acids that support an appropriate inflammatory response. Most people don’t consume enough of these healthy fats!
Great food sources of omega-3s are fatty fish, nuts, and seeds.
You can load up your diet on the food sources mentioned, or for more targeted support, you can also take these nutrients as supplements.
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