May 12th, 2016

An apple a day, keeps spring allergies away

Did ya know: Apples may help alleviate allergies and asthma


Doctor giving an apple instead of a drugs

Are seasonal sniffles, sneezes, and itchy eyes taking the Spring out of your step? You need not look much further than your fruit bowl for some relief! Research suggest that an apple a day may help relieve springtime allergy symptoms. Apples, (especially their peels,) are rich in quercetin, a flavonoid that has a natural anti-inflammatory and antihistamine effect. Quercetin can help to prevent immune cells from releasing histamines, which cause an allergic response. These allergic responses are triggered by pollen and other allergies. According to one study by the British Thoracic Society that looked at the Crete diet, people whose diets included apples as a staple had greater protection against both allergies and asthma.

Other foods that contain the allergy-fighting gem, quercetin, include citrus fruits, parsley, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, onions, dark berries, as well as tea and red wine. Instead of doubling up on Claritin, consider a symptom-busting salad or creamy non-fat Greek yogurt topped with anti-inflammatory berries for your next meal or snack. 

For more information, read: Protective effect of fruits, vegetables, and the Mediterranean diet on asthma and allergies among children in Crete