Are Lemons, Oranges, Limes and Grapefruit Antihistamine Foods?
The simple answer is: kind of, but citrus isn’t effective for treating allergy symptoms, high levels of histamine, or inflammation.
Citrus foods like lemons and oranges contain nutritional components that could be used by your body to promote proper levels of histamine in the body. Histamine is the chemical that every animal is allergic to. Animals have evolved histamine so that their bodies could more easily target inflammation to a specific area of the body. This function is used to physically trap and kill pathogenic invaders to be eliminated so that they do not end up killing you.
Citrus fruits contain small amounts of quercetin, one of the most effective natural antihistamines available. When you are searching for a natural allergy supplement, you will likely come across quercetin in isolated form. Many believe that a quercetin supplement can effectively replace a harsher OTC antihistamine drug like Zyrtec, which may cause an addiction and uncomfortable side effects.
However, citrus fruits like limes and grapefruit are not excellent sources of quercetin because they are only in trace amounts. You only really eat a small amount of citrus fruits anyway because they can be damaging to your teeth and throat due to its natural acidity.
As a matter of fact, leafy greens like arugula, spring mix and kale seem to be much better sources of quercetin than citrus fruits. That is because they contain adequate amounts of quercetin and you typically eat large amounts of leafy greens because they are low calorie. This may be why you feel relief for your allergy symptoms after you eat a nice, big salad.
Citrus is also an excellent source of vitamin C, which can treat allergy symptoms as well. It should be noted that food sources of vitamin C, like that found in lemons and oranges, proves to be much more bioavailable than the isolated supplement form called ascorbic acid. Vitamin C can definitely improve your allergy symptoms and histamine intolerance, but it will not be an allergy cure.
Citrus Can Help Allergy Symptoms, But it Will Not Be Your Cure
In all honesty, citrus is not an effective antihistamine, but its nutrient content can definitely help you maintain proper health and nutrition. This is what your immune system needs to better deal with allergens that you may be exposed to. A healthy body may not completely cure allergies, but it has been a game changer for my allergies personally.
What actually worked for my severe food and seasonal allergies were two things: restoring my body’s proper nutrition and deficiencies, as well as parasite cleansing. I believe that these are two factors that can directly cause allergies, while many are stuck on believing that their allergies are caused by genes. Some allergies can definitely be caused by genetics and DNA that cannot be cured, but perhaps some allergies and food sensitivities can be eliminated like mine have.
I used to be allergic to every season’s pollen and pretty much every food except grains, red meat and water. The subjects that I write about on this site have helped me treat the root causes of my allergies to the point I am at now, where I am not allergic to anything but beans and peas. If you do not believe me, I totally understand though.
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