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Allergy Awareness // The 3 Best Foods for Allergies

Allergy Awareness // The 3 Best Foods for Allergies

If you’ve been following along with the Nectar Blog for the past few weeks you will now have a grasp on why seasonal allergies are on the rise and the simple lifestyle changes you can implement to alleviate symptoms. Since we’ve got the basics covered, let’s talk about the fun stuff...food! Here are three foods to get you feeling clear, energized, and ready to smell the spring flowers. 

1. Bee Pollen

What is it?
Bee pollen is composed of the pollen from a variety of flowers and plants, mixed with honey and the salivary gland secretions of bees. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and anti-viral qualities. This energy inducing edible is composed of 30% protein and also contains essential fatty acids, enzymes, and vitamins B, A, E, and D. Bee pollen has a slightly floral and nutty flavour.

 
What does it do?
The consumption of bee pollen supports the immune system and helps the body deal with stress. As bee pollen contains mini doses of a variety of pollens, it acts like a vaccine in the body, helping to build tolerance and resistance to allergens. Bee pollen further contains quercetin, a flavonoid also found in apples, garlic, onions, and green tea, which prevents the release of allergy inducing histamine and other inflammatory agents.

How to use it?
Start with 1 teaspoon per day and slowly work up to 1 tablespoon. Use it as a garnish on salads and soups or add it to smoothies.

  • Use pollen that was produced locally and within the current season – this will ensure you are exposed to the necessary pollens.

  • Choose organic - chemicals that are on the plants visited by the bees can be transferred into their products.

  • Consume raw.

  • Store in a cool, dark place.

  • Don’t take if you’re allergic to bee stings!

 2. Spirulina

What is it?
Spirulina is a spiral shaped blue-green microalgae that grows in fresh water. It is nutrient dense and contains all essential amino acids, making it a complete plant protein source great for vegetarians. It is complete with iron, calcium, magnesium, fatty acids, and chlorophyll. Spirulina comes as dried powder, flakes, or in frozen cubes. It has a strong flavour, like seaweed, that many people may dislike but can be easily masked when mixed with lemon juice.

What does it do?
Spirulina offers an array of health benefits. It contains various phytochemicals that improve the activity of white blood cells, strengthening immunity. The consumption of spirulina has been shown to support the growth of good bacteria in the digestive tract and reduce inflammation. Research suggests that the consumption of spirulina reduces the release of histamines, thereby diminishing allergy symptoms.

How to use it?
Start with ½ teaspoon per day and work up to 2 teaspoons added to smoothies, salad dressings, or mixed with water and lemon. Try our Thrive milk! Loaded with spirulina, moringa, and chlorophyll.

  • Choose organic – spirulina can be easily contaminated from compromised water sources.

  • Store powder in fridge once opened.

  • Try this clean sourced spirulina grown in B.C.

3. Turmeric

What is it?
Turmeric is a root, similar to ginger, that has a rich history of use as a food and medicine in India and China. It is best known as an ingredient in curry. Turmeric grows in Central America, South and Southeast Asia. You can buy fresh turmeric root or dried powder. It has a warm, bitter, pungent flavour.

What does it do?
Turmeric is antioxidant rich and contains curcumin; an important bioactive compound responsible its various health benefits and vibrant orange colour. Turmeric is highly effective for treating chronic inflammation, pain, and depression. As pertaining to allergies, turmeric provides immune support and curcumin acts as a decongestant by reducing excess mucus in the sinuses.
 
How to use it?
Consume 1 teaspoon of turmeric per day. Add to smoothies, soups, eggs, and salad dressings. Try out this recipe for Turmeric Sauerkraut! You can also find turmeric in our Bounce juice.

  • Turmeric is best absorbed when combined with black pepper and a source of fat.
 

With Love and Nectar,

Liza @liza.jane.c

 

Photography by Alexa Mazzarello.

Sources:
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/221902159_An_Evidence-Based_Systematic_Review_of_Bee_Pollen_by_the_Natural_Standard_Research_Collaboration

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92752/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15857205

 

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