Summer is on the way (no, honestly) which means hay fever for many people. As well as off-the-shelf remedies you can also increase your arsenal through diet. Notably, foods containing quercetin and bromelain are believed to help. Quercetin can be found in apples and red onions providing colour, and include the following when cooking: basil, coriander, parsley, sage and cumin. The research behind this is mostly laboratory based, however even if it doesn’t work for you you’d still have ticked off some of your 7 a day so no big loss.
Bromelain is found in pineapples and has been found to have a beneficial effect on hay fever related airway issues. In addition it’s a great source of Vitamin C which has also been studied in relation to hay fever symptom relief.And did you know that if you get hay fever more in the autumn it could be fungi spores not grasses that are causing the reaction? Please contact me for study references.
By Saffron Rogerson
13 May 2014