14th December 03:47
supplements and herbs have been shown to help Asthma (aspirin asthma diet vegan kidney)
Description: A lung condition that causes the bronchial tubes to
tighten, making breathing difficult.
Cause: Sometimes triggered by allergies or environmental stimuli.
Useful Supplements: Magnesium, Quercetin, Selenium, Vitamin B6,
Vitamin B12, Vitamin C.
Useful Herbs: Gingko Biloba.
Further information: Asthma is a chronic lung condition which causes
the bronchial tubes to constrict, causing breathing difficulty. Among
the most common symptoms are difficulty breathing, gasping, wheezing,
tightness of chest, and uncontrollable coughing (usually caused by the
body trying to get more oxygen). While the cause of asthma is still
unknown, it is often exacerbated by environmental factors –
pollution, pollen, and dust.
Many food allergies and intolerances also make asthma symptoms worse.
In one study, patients who were put on a completely vegan diet for a
year showed a marked improvement and fewer asthma attacks. Elimination
diets (see food allergies) may help identify factors which make asthma
worse; some of the most common triggers are sulfites, aspirin, and
food dyes (especially yellow #5).
The following supplements and herbs have been shown to help lessen the
severity of asthma:
Magnesium deficiency is often found in asthmatics. In studies, a
Magnesium injection immediately following the onset of an asthma
attack has caused the attack to end within minutes. This is due to the
fact that Magnesium helps to prevent and stop muscle spasms. While
oral dosage of Magnesium in the prevention of asthma has not been
proven, it is probably beneficial. Care should be taken, however, by
patients with kidney problems, as Magnesium can exacerbate these
Quercetin acts as a natural antihistamine. It may be effective in the
prevention of asthma attacks; further research is still needed.
Selenium deficiency can greatly increase the risk of asthma. In
studies, it has been shown to cause clinical improvement, though lung
function tests do not appear to show the same results.
A lack of Vitamin B6 has been found in many asthma sufferers. This may
be due to the fact that the medications in many asthma inhalers
interfere with the absorption of B6 by the body. In mild to average
cases, the addition of a B6 supplement to the diet appears to lessen
the occurrence of asthma attacks.
Vitamin B12, taken in large doses, can decrease likelihood that
asthmatics react to foods with sulfites.
Vitamin C, acting as an antioxidant, is also helpful in the treatment
of asthma. It appears to be most effective in patients with food
Ginkgo has been shown to have potential use in the treatment of
asthma. Studies using extracted ginkgolides have shown reduction of
asthma symptoms. Highly concentrated tincture of ginkgo leaf also has
the same effect. These studies show that the use of ginkgo is likely
to be helpful in the treatment of asthma overall.