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beamer
05-19-2005, 06:14 PM
Can nutrition have an effect on a persons resistance to allergies? Pollen type allergic reactions.

elissalowe
05-19-2005, 08:49 PM
Can nutrition have an effect on a persons resistance to allergies? Pollen type allergic reactions.
It's entirely possible...

There is some scattered research looking at the relationship between diet and incidence of atopic diseases (asthma, eczema, rhinoconjunctivitis). Much of the work is focused on children and teenagers...this study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=14616103&query_hl=1, conducted with adults - drew some interesting associations between intakes of fatty acids and antioxidants on incidence of hay fever. On the one hand, high intakes of oleic acid and beta-carotene were associated with higher risk of hay fever, while high intakes of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Vitamin E were protective. This overlaps some of the conclusions drawn in studies of children with asthma and allergic rhinitis, which found protective effects from fish consumption (source of EPA) and intake of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables (citrus, tomatoes), along with negative effects from consumption of margarine/butter.