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Unfortunately, there is no cure for seasonal allergies, but a few improvements in your diet can help ward off the annoying symptoms that come along with them.

To help calm what doctors call a "genetic disease of the immune system, " try taking advantage of these five foods' allergy-fighting characteristics!

Nuts:

This healthy snack is high in magnesium and vitamin E, which protect against the wheezing associated with asthma AND boosts immunity while fighting free radicals in your body.

Apples:

Research has found that regularly eating apples led to greater protection against allergies and asthma because of the antioxidants they contain called polyphenols and quercetin. Dr. Jane Burns of the Harvard School of Public Health, who examined the relationship between poor diet and respiratory symptoms, also said:

“Our study, as well as other research, suggests that higher intakes of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory micronutrients are associated with lower reports of cough, respiratory infections, and less severe asthma-related symptoms.”

Salmon:

Since most allergies are a result of the immune system being "out of whack" and seafood has natural anti-inflammatory effects to boost it, Dr. William Sears says:

“If you were to come into my office with seasonal allergies and say to me, ‘Dr. Bill, I would like the best and safest medicine for my allergies,’ I would surprise you by scribbling on prescription pad, ‘Eat 6 ounces of Alaskan salmon twice a week.’”

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Grapes:

This bite-sized fruit contains lots of antioxidants and immune-boosting properties, while containing flavanoids that lower the bad cholesterol levels and relax blood vessels.

Tomatoes:

On top of being a vital source of vitamin C, the vegetable fruit fruity vegetable contains an antioxidant compound called lycopene. A daily dose of 30 milligrams has been proven to increase the body's ability to fight off asthma attacks by 45%.

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