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Stop Reaching for Benadryl, Eat These Foods Instead

Allergy season is upon us, and if you’re like many you’re either sniffing and sneezing your way through your day, or taking pills so you don’t have to.
But you may be able to control your allergies by choosing certain foods. The foods should either be high in the flavonol quercetin, or Vitamin C.
Quercetin helps control histimine levels. You’ll find it in the following foods:

  • Fruits, including apples and citrus fruits.
  • Berries, all kinds.
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Onions
  • Black Tea
  • Broccoli
  • Kale

Vitamin C works to help the body control inflammatory responses. It also works hand-in-hand with quercetins to help you manage your allergies. You’ll find Vitamin C in a wide variety of foods, including:

  • Chili peppers
  • Yellow bell peppers
  • Thyme (fresh)
  • Parsley (fresh)
  • Kale
  • Kiwis
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Lemons
  • Papayas
  • Oranges
  • Strawberries

You can also improve quercetin’s effectiveness by combining it with bromelain. This enzyme is found primarily in pineapple plants.
As you can see, kale and broccoli pack a fantastic 1-2 punch to help you fight allergies. But you can mix and match all these foods as part of a healthy diet, increasing them during allergy season.

Of the foods containing quercetin, black tea is likely to work fastest. Combined with a snack of pineapples or vitamin C-rich foods, this natural remedy may prevent you from having to go through your day in a Benadryl-fueled haze.

As a bonus, you can also take nettle. Studies have shown stinging nettle leaf is a highly effective natural anti-histimine.

Quercetin, bromelain, and Vitamin C are all available in supplement form. These can work, but it’s best to try getting these substances through your food first.

Nettle isn’t sold in most stores. If you’re lucky enough to have space to grow some you can take that route. Often, it shows up as a weed in gardens and pastures. Make sure you wear gloves while handling it. Cooking nettle makes it safe to eat. It can be brewed into a tea, or used like kale or spinach in just about any dish. Here in Middletown our growing zone supports nettles.

If you’re not much of a gardener or are dubious about eating a stinging plant, you can purchase a nettle supplement. You can also purchase freeze-dried nettle, which can be mixed into juice or water or brewed into a tea.
As a bonus tip, consider consuming local honey. If your allergies are plant or pollen base, local honey can help a great deal. The bees gathered pollen from a variety of local plants. Consuming honey can help you build up a tolerance to them. Honey made in other states won’t help, as that pollen comes from different regions.

Given the right building blocks, your body has the power to correct almost any imbalance or problem.