This time of year, everyone is looking for relief from the itchy, watery eyes and sinus inflammation that goes hand in hand with seasonal allergies. While the most effective treatments will always be those that an allergist or ear, nose and throat specialist provides, it certainly can’t help to try to eat a healthy diet that can possibly help bring some added relief. Some people find that foods high in quercetin may give your body the extra boost it needs to make the season more bearable.

There have been numerous studies in recent years that show that the flavonoid quercetin can help inhibit the inflammation of the sinus lining as well as reduce the symptoms of itchy, watery eyes that accompany allergies. Quercetin is thought to be a natural histamine blocker. Even if it doesn’t do the trick, many foods high in quercetin are healthy and tasty, so eat up!

Foods high in quercetin include:

  • Red grapes
  • Raspberries
  • Cranberries
  • Red Onions
  • Black Tea
  • Green Tea
  • Green Leafy Vegetables

If you suspect seasonal allergies, contact Atlanta ENT today for an allergy consultation.

Ramie Tritt, M.D., President, Atlanta ENT