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Allergic Rhinitis Treatment: Diet

Overview

There are several ways you can modify your diet to potentially reduce or eliminate the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

Some people have food sensitivities that cause or contribute to their symptoms. Dairy and wheat (and other gluten-containing grains) are common culprits. Identifying the foods you are sensitive to and then avoiding them might be very helpful.

Adding some foods and supplements to your diet might also be worthwhile. Antioxidants, bee products, and essential fatty acids (EFAs) are often recommended for allergic rhinitis.

Other things to consider include probiotics36,52,57, spirulina16,17,66, extract of soy sauce (Shoyu polysaccharides)37,38, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)62, tomato extract55, adrenal extracts, methyl sulfonyl methane (MSM), and betaine hydrochloride.

Treatments

Effect of Antioxidants on Allergic Rhinitis

The “antioxidant hypothesis” states that antioxidants may help prevent or treat health challenges associated with excess free-radical activity. Antioxidants are believed to reduce symptoms of...

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Effect of Bee Products on Allergic Rhinitis

The theory behind using bee products for allergic rhinitis is based on the fact that local bee products contain local allergens, such as pollens. Exposing yourself to small doses of these allergens...

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Effect of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) on Allergic Rhinitis

The body uses essential fatty acids (EFAs) to make various prostaglandins and leukotrienes. These substances influence inflammation and pain; some of them increase symptoms, while others decrease...

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