Thursday 29 September 2016

How yogurt, lemons and curry could help you fight hayfever

Tired of blocked noses and red eyes during the spring? Here are the five foods you should be eating to combat hayfever.

Saffron Alexander

Published 08/05/2015 | 10:30

Fresh pineapples are rich in bromelain, an enzyme which helps to break down mucus
Fresh pineapples are rich in bromelain, an enzyme which helps to break down mucus
Eating yogurt can influence the behaviour of white blood cells and give your immune system a boost
Locally-sourced honey is thought to help to reduce symptoms
Bioflavonoids are usually found in foods high in vitamin C such as lemons and raspberries.
Turmuric contains curcumin, a chemical compund which exerts powerful anti-inflammatory effects

For hayfever sufferers spring means blocked noses, red eyes, inflamed skin and frequent trips to the chemist.

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However, you needn't stuff yourself with hayfever medication this year. A new study shows that yogurt could help alleviate the symptoms - and it's not the only food

Yogurt

A study from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Tennessee found that eating yogurt can influence the behaviour of white blood cells and give your immune system a boost, therefore easing some hayfever symptoms. Time to stock up your fridge.

Honey

Locally-sourced honey is thought to help to reduce symptoms as it contains the local pollens that cause hayfever to flare up. Eating locally sourced honey will allow your immune system to protect itself against the allergens.

Lemons

People who suffer from hayfever lack bioflavonoids, an antioxidant which helps to keep your eyes healthy. Bioflavonoids are usually found in foods high in vitamin C such as lemons and raspberries.

Turmeric

Turmuric contains curcumin, a chemical compund which exerts powerful anti-inflammatory effects and also has anti-allergy properties which stop the release of histamine in the body. There's never been a better reason to eat curry.

Pineapple

Not only do pineapples contain bioflavonoids, they are also rich in bromelain, an enzyme which helps to break down mucus build up and clear your nose.

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