As the climate begins to change, the resulting higher temperatures and the increasing carbon dioxide levels allow plants to produce more pollen and gain more strength in doing so. This allergy season is expected to last longer than normal, possibly extending through October and beyond. But have no fear, Home Farmer is here! Just by eating more of four of our favorite vegetable varieties, you will be healthy and sniffle-free all season long!
Onions contain lots of the quercetin, a secret weapon that helps fight allergies by mimicking an antihistamine. Quercetin also acts like vitamin C and inhibits inflammation in your system, helping stem the side effects associated with allergic inflammation like mucus production.
A member of the crucifer family, kale is just as rich in the carotenoid department. Both factors pack the leafy greens with a form of vitamin A thought to improve allergy symptoms. Research has shown that low vitamin A levels put the human body at a greater risk of asthma and allergy issues.
Pumpkins are rich in allergy-fighting carotenoids, the form of vitamin A that you need to intake large amounts of in order to better ward off allergies. Just in time for the holidays, pumpkin can be added to almost any dish both sweet and savory! You may even want to eat an extra slice of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving dinner, just to be safe!
Another carotenoid powerhouse, carrots contain lots of healthy beta-carotene to help ward off your allergy misery. These valuable vitamins shine most brightly when cooked, so steam or saute these delicious veggies as a supplement to any hearty meal!