What foods help with seasonal allergic rhinitis?

A new study published this year on nutrition for allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (runny nose plus itchy eyes) confirms that eating meat is associated with an increased risk (71% or more in this case) of worsening symptoms.

But that won’t help vegans! There are four herbal products that can reduce symptoms by about half:   Seaweed. 

An ounce of sea vegetables reduces the risk of developing the disease by 49%.

Dark green leafy vegetables. 

Green vegetables can protect in the same way as seaweed. The study found that people with the highest levels of carotenoids in their bloodstream (alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, canthaxanthin and cryptoxanthin) were significantly less likely to suffer from seasonal allergies.

Flax seeds. 

People with higher levels of long and short chain omega-3 fatty acids in the bloodstream are less likely to have allergic rhinitis.


A teaspoon of miso a day lowers the risk of developing the disease by 41%. Try to cook a healthy and delicious sauce. Blend until smooth miso, 1/4 cup brown rice, apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup water, 2 carrots, a small beetroot, an inch of fresh ginger root, and freshly toasted sesame seeds.  


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