Allergy-Fighting Superfoods

By Rick Ansorge, Eric Metcalf and the Editors of Prevention Health Books

1. Apples
A British study of 2,512 middle-aged men showed that those who ate five apples a week had significantly higher lung function than those who ate no apples. Experts believe apples contain healthy compounds, including antioxidants that improve lung health.

2. Canola oil
Canola oil is a source of allergy-fighting omega-3 fatty acids. Other sources include soybean oil, flaxseed oil, walnuts and wheat germ.

3. Cold-Water Fish
The following fish are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids: mackerel, anchovies, herring, salmon, sardines, lake trout, Atlantic sturgeon, and tuna. To get the most benefit, either bake or poach the fish. Eat two or three servings per week.

4. Magnesium-Rich Foods
Some studies have demonstrated that people with asthma are magnesium deficient. Magnesium-rich foods include spinach, navy beans, pinto beans, sunflower seeds, tofu, halibut, cashews, artichokes and black-eyed peas.

5. Olive Oil
Since it’s monounsaturated, consider using extra virgin olive oil as your main source of fat.

6. Spices
Eat ginger and turmeric regularly for their anti-inflammatory effects.

7. Zinc-Rich Foods
Some studies have demonstrated that people with asthma are zinc-deficient. Zinc-rich foods include plain yogurt, tofu, lean ground beef, lean ham, oysters, crab, and the dark meat of turkey and chicken.

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