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5 Allergy Fighting Foods to Help You Breathe Easier this Spring

Most spring allergy sufferers rely on medication to take care of their annoying symptoms, but there are a few natural ways to prevent allergies from ruining your day. Incorporate these foods into your diet on a regular basis to build a foundation that will protect your immune system and prepare it for battle against spring pollen.

Nuts:

Nuts are high in magnesium and vitamin E, which will protect you against the wheezing and coughing that comes from allergies. Magnesium and vitamin E also boosts immunity while fighting free radicals. Try Multigrain Soy Trail Mix.

Salmon:

Salmon and other seafoods have natural anti-inflammatory properties to boost immunity. Aim for 6 ounces of fish, two times a week to get the full effect. Try these Salmon Patties.

Grapes:

In addition to antioxidants and immune-boosting properties, grapes also contain flavanoids that lower LDL cholesterol levels and relax blood vessels, easing cough and tightness in the chest. Try this White Grape Gazpacho.

Apples:

Eating an apple a day, research shows, leads to greater protection against allergies and asthma. The antioxidants in apples, called polyphenols and quercetin, are associated with lower incidents of cough, respiratory infection, and less severe asthma-related symptoms. Try Apple Carrot Salad.

Tomatoes:

Tomatoes are rich in an antioxidant compound called lycopene. Consuming 30 milligrams daily has been proven to increase your body’s ability to fight off asthma attacks by 45%. Try this Tomato Basil Salad.

April 3rd, 2012

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