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Symptoms of congestion from sinusitis may be diminished in part by consuming foods that are high in vitamin C, flavonoids , and bromelain. Some studies have shown that congestion can be reduced when high levels of vitamin C are consumed. Vitamin C may stimulate white blood cells to function better, enabling your immune system to fight off invading microorganisms. Flavonoids can prevent the release of histamine which causes congestion. Foods high in flavonoids may also be beneficial for reducing allergic reactions, and reducing inflammation in the lungs and airways. Quercetin is a powerful flavonoid with anti-inflammatory properties. Some foods, such as chili peppers, garlic, ginger, and horseradish act as "mucokinetic" (mucus-moving) agents, and can help to alleviate congestion common during using sinusitis. Capsaicin causes the burning, fiery sensation experienced after eating a hot pepper, and helps to open up the nasal passage and alleviate congestion. Allyl isothiocyanate, a compound in horseradish, stimulates the endings of olfactory nerves, induces tears, and helps to thin mucus.

We believe that it's possible to manage and/or improve certain conditions through what you eat. When we create "Mega-Recipes" for an ailment, we strive to include the maximum number of the nutrients that are shown to have benefit for that ailment. We also expect the Mega-Recipe to contain at least 25% of recommended intakes for those nutrients. See the list of recipes that have met our criteria for this ailment.

What You Should Eat & Why

Patients with sinusitis have responded to bromelain therapy, because it helps reduce inflammation in the nasal membranes.
Leading Food Sources of bromelain: Pineapple

Flavonoids are a group of phytochemicals that have powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Flavonoids scavenge damaging free radicals. Of particular benefit for those suffering from sinusitis, is the ability of foods high in flavonoids to minimize the effect of histamine, a substance that causes inflammation.
Leading Food Sources of flavonoids: Broccoli, Carrots, Blueberries, Tomatoes, Lemons, Soybeans, Limes, Pomegranates, Chocolate, Oranges, Apples, Onions, Grapefruit, white

In addition to its "mucus-moving" properties, garlic is often effective against infectious organisms because it can block the enzymes that give organisms their ability to invade and damage tissues.
Leading Food Sources of garlic: Garlic

Ginger's anti-inflammatory properties suggest that it may ease bronchial constriction due to allergies, colds, and sinusitis.
Leading Food Sources of ginger: Ginger

Quercetin is a potent antioxidant that reduces inflammation in the lungs and airways. Quercetin also may help those suffering from sinusitis by blocking allergic reactions as well as functioning as a natural antihistamine.
Leading Food Sources of quercetin: Cabbage, green, Cranberries, Kale, Pears, Grapes, Apples, Onions, Garlic, Spinach, Grapefruit, white

vitamin C
As a natural antihistamine, vitamin C may help to minimize the inflammation and swelling of mucous membranes lining the sinuses. Symptoms may improve as a result.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin C: Cabbage, red, Strawberries, Oranges, Tangerines & other mandarins, Peppers, bell, red, Kiwi fruit, Potatoes

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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