With spring, just around the corner suffers of hayfever will no doubt be thinking about different ways to fight hayfever naturally and reduce symptoms such as sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose can be very irritating to sufferers. There are certain foods that have been shown to reduce the irritating symptoms of hayfever read on to find out more.
Fight hayfever naturally
Peppermint helps to relieve nasal symptoms due to its high content of rosmarinic acid. The easiest way to include it in your diet is to drink it as tea. Green tea has also been shown to reduce symptoms of sneezing and runny nose.
Quercetin, a phytonutrient, has been shown to reduce allergy symptoms and is found mainly within fruits and vegetables especially apples, broccoli, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables and red wine.
Hayfever causes inflammation within the body so an anti-inflammatory diet is a must so make sure you include oily fish e.g. mackerel, turmeric, onions and garlic in your meal plan.
Jeraldine Curran founder of The Food Nutritionist is a fully qualified nutritionist specialising in digestive health. She works with adults and children with digestive issues including irritable bowel disease (IBD), constipation and diarrhoea. Other services include nutritional workshops, conception and pregnancy, individual consultations, corporate work and wellness retreats.