Unfortunately, the only way to avoid the appearance of allergy symptoms is only achieved by avoiding allergens, food or not. However, just as some foods can participate in a negative way, worsening symptoms, there are others that, if included regularly in the child's diet, can be beneficial for the management of their symptoms. These are the foods that are beneficial for children with allergies.
In general, the consumption of a Mediterranean diet, with seasonal fruits and vegetables (grapes are also very interesting), whole grains, legumes, nuts, olive oil and fresh fish, and without abusing red meat and above all, of processed products, it is precisely the ideal diet to relieve the symptoms of childhood allergies. What products specifically are the most recommended?
- Red onions, cabbage, red cabbage, lingonberries and some apples
They contain quercetin, a phytonutrient that also gives these fruits and vegetables a slight reddish hue. Interestingly, some studies suggest that these vegetables, when grown organically, contain even higher amounts of quercetin.
- Dill and fennel
Additionally, some aromatic herbs also contain relevant amounts of this flavonoid, although unfortunately its use in such small amounts in culinary processes makes the contribution not too relevant.
This natural compound is involved in some way in the production of histamine, in the chain of reactions that occur when an allergen is detected in the body. In this way, its consumption on a regular basis makes the body able to control that impetuous deployment of means that occurs to deal with the antigen, making it softer. However, the mechanism of action is not entirely clear, although it could be related to the decrease in the number of cells that react against the antigen.
- Peppers, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, cauliflower, and broccoli
They contain substantial amounts of vitamin C. This vitamin, as has been shown in different studies, can act as a natural antihistamine, indirectly inhibiting the production of histamine. Additionally, the antioxidant potential of vitamin C counteracts the inflammatory effects of free radicals, resulting in a decrease in inflammation.
Although they are also rich in vitamin C, some of its components can negatively affect histamine production routes, which is why they are not as recommended as the rest of the foods mentioned.
- Salmon, tuna and sardines
Blue fish contain more histamine than white fish. However, they also contain higher amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, whose anti-inflammatory potential is widely known. The vast majority of allergies tend to present, in addition to itching, symptoms of inflammation, so it may be useful to follow a diet rich in potentially anti-inflammatory compounds.
It provides a compound called bromelain (or bromelain), which is also characterized by having anti-inflammatory properties and could be interesting to relieve asthmatic-type allergic reactions.
Despite being one of the causes of many allergies, they are ideal for softening the symptoms of allergies in cases in which children do not have reactions to them. They contain vitamin E, magnesium and omega 3 fatty acids, three micronutrients with a high antiallergic potential.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin present mainly in vegetable oils such as olive oil, it is capable of reducing the inflammation that appears in allergic reactions.
- Whole grains or quinoa
Magnesium has natural bronchodilator and antihistamine properties, which is why foods that contain it, such as whole grains or quinoa, are ideal for relieving allergy symptoms. It is also present in nuts or spinach.
One of the main functions of probiotics is to maintain balance in the intestinal microflora, and the participation of this bacterial population in the immune response is crucial. Allergies constitute an excessive and inadequate immune response against an antigen that, in reality, does not present any danger to the body.
The ability of probiotics to strengthen the first line of defense of the immune system, in addition to their anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties, are of great interest not only in childhood, but also during pregnancy and lactation. According to the most recent research, taking probiotics during these periods reduces the risk of eczema in the newborn by almost half.
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