Flowers are sprouting, birds are singing and people are busting out their shorts. It’s spring! However, for some people, that means allergy season is coming up, and if you are anything like me, you have a drawer full of allergy medications that have not helped your symptoms or even made them worse in some cases (ironic, I know!).
Modern society comes with its modern allergens, especially in a world where most of our foods and medicines are pumped with artificial preservatives and other chemicals that may trigger new allergies in your body (nobody wants that!). A study published in the pediatrics journal Acta Paediatrica Scandinavica showed that even infants have started to develop allergies to milk nowadays. The authors suspect this could be due to preservatives in the milk added by dairy companies to make them last longer. The graph below shows how as children get older, they drink more milk and get more allergy symptoms.
Another study published in the European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that children receiving vaccination for BCG developed allergies in the months following the vaccination. Crazy, right!!?
Fortunately, nature, like it always does, has an answer. Modern doctors can sometimes lose themselves in a sea of chemical research and fancy biomedical techniques. However, there are always a few that keep in mind the importance of taking advantage of nature’s bounty.
The answer is coriander! Also known as Coriandrum sativum. Commonly found in your chipotle guac and other Mexican food (hmmm so good!), this herb is native to Southwestern Asia and it is PACKED! with nutrients and health benefits. Many allergologists and immunologists believe this is due to the polyphenols found in the plant, which are natural particles that give it its positive effects.
Here are 3 reasons why you should look to incorporate coriander into your diet this spring:
1. Coriander is a natural anti-allergen.
The polyphenols in coriander help neutralize allergic particles floating in the air, such as pollen, eliminating their allergic effects.
2. Coriander is a natural probiotic.
The fiber and plant material in coriander helps improve digestion and helps keep the lining of your intestinal tract healthy. This also contributes to its allergy-reducing effects.
3. Coriander essential oils help with anxiety.
Essential oils in coriander release GABA and endorphins in your brain. GABA is a molecule that makes you feel calm and happy, while endorphins help with pain.
Finally, coriander is a cheap alternative to allergy medications, which can cost hundreds of dollars and can make you sleepy and tired. Try some coriander in your diet this spring! I promise you, you will feel the effects after only a few days. I personally like to make coriander, kale and ginger root smoothies. I put 50 or so leaves of coriander in my morning kale smoothie, add some ginger, greek yogurt, and honey, and just sip on it on my way to my morning SoulCycle workout (also super recommend!).
Let me know what you guys think 🙂
And as always, the sources to the science behind it:
Dr. K. J.