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SINUSITUS AND ANTIOXIDANTS

Prevention of Sinusitis

Sinusitis is the name for a condition in which the lining of your sinuses becomes infected or inflamed. Dietary changes that you can make that may decrease your chances of getting a sinus infection include:

  • Eating a diet rich in antioxidants.  Antioxidants may help improve immune function and thus lower your risk of getting a sinus infection.

  • Drink plenty of fluids.  At least 6-8 glasses per day.  This will help keep nasal secretions thin and promote drainage.

  • Avoid beverages that contain alcohol or caffeine, as they can be dehydrating.  Drinking alcohol can also worsen the swelling of the lining of the sinuses and nose.

Health Benefits of Antioxidants and their Food Sources

Antioxidant

Health benefits

Food sources

Selenium

Helps maintain healthy hair and nails, enhances immunity, works with vitamin E to protect cells from damage. Reduces the risk of cancer, particularly lung, prostate, and colorectal.

Garlic, seeds, Brazil nuts, meat, eggs, poultry, seafood, whole grains. The amount in plant sources varies according to the content of the soil.

Beta-carotene (Vitamin A)

Keeps skin healthy, helps prevent night blindness and infections, promotes growth and bone development.

Red, yellow-orange, and leafy green vegetables and fruits, including carrots, winter squash, apricots, cantaloupe, peppers, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin.

Vitamin E

Acts as the protector of essential fats in cell membranes and red blood cells. Reduces risk of cancer, heart disease, and other age-associated diseases.

Peanut butter, nuts, seeds, vegetable oils and margarine, wheat germ, avocado, whole grains, salad dressings.

Vitamin C

Destroys free radicals inside and outside cells. Helps in the formation of connective tissue, the healing of wounds, and iron absorption, and also helps to prevent bruising and keep gums healthy. May reduce risk of cataracts, heart disease, and cancer.

Peppers, tomatoes, citrus fruits and juices, berries, cantaloupe, broccoli, brussel sprouts, spinach, cabbage, potatoes, mango, papaya.


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