In Episode 046 of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we talk about the fact that following a plant-based lifestyle may help alleviate suffering caused by seasonal allergies. Specifically, it is certain compounds found in some fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds that may help to provide relief. It is for this reason that we selected the ingredients for this delicious smoothie.
Let’s find out how each smoothie ingredient may help to provide allergy relief:
Bananas are an excellent source of magnesium, which is a known bronchiodilator with antihistamine properties.
Besides being another good source of magnesium, spinach is also rich in carotenoid antioxidants. Studies have shown that blood levels of carotenoids in people with asthma and/or seasonal allergies tend to be much lower than in allergy- and asthma-free people.
Dark berries, such as blueberries and blackberries, are rich in an antioxidant called quercetin, which also has antihistamine properties.
We all know that oranges and other citrus fruits are high in Vitamin C, but did you also know that they are good sources of quercetin?
Flax Seeds & Chia Seeds
Chia seeds…not just for growing funky-looking “pets” anymore! Both chia and flax seeds are sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, and contain a particle that helps to prevent and/or reduce chronic inflammation.