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Looking for allergy relief? Try the produce aisle

NBC News Channel
November 17, 2017 05:29 PM

(NBC News) -- Relief from allergy symptoms may be found in an unexpected place: the supermarket produce aisle.

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For all the fall sniffling, sneezing and itchiness, Dr. Anand Shah from the American Sinus Institute said to eat vegetables. With anti-inflammatory elements and vitamin C, he recommends veggies like broccoli and celery.

"The thought process is vitamin C, which is found in many foods, plant-based foods -- broccoli for example," he said. "They'll have an antihistamine effect, which is beneficial. And then vitamin A found in carrots, for example, can directly enhance the immune system."

In addition to carrots, onions and garlic can help in a similar way.

"Onions and garlic are also thought to enhance the immune system," Shah said. "Not quite through that mechanism, but they're also beneficial."

They have another immune-fighting property called quercetin, which Shah said also helps with inflammation. Vitamin A foods are thought to improve allergies since some studies show people with low vitamin a are more likely to have asthma and allergies.

There are some foods you should avoid if you have ragweed allergies. Those are bananas, melons, cucumbers, zucchini, chamomile, and hibiscus tea.

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