Pureheart 2011-06-09 08:54:02
Improving Asthma and Reducing Medication through Nutrition
“Nutrients with Specific Benefits for Asthma Sufferers.”
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition. Asthma difficulties cause
inflammation in the airways until they eventually become permanently
damaged, which makes the tissues in the airways extremely vulnerable
to further inflammation. And there we have the vicious cycle which is
We know that keeping the air clean is one very important precautionary
in minimizing the inflammation, but this is becoming increasingly
difficult due to today’s indoor air quality problems, which are at an
all time high. Fortunately, a well thought-out nutritional plan can
also help reduce inflammation, and therefore reducing asthma problems.
A strategic nutritional plan is especially crucial when you consider
that asthmatics are more likely to be afflicted by certain nutrient
deficiencies as a result of asthma medications and the stress
associated with this condition. Most importantly though, there are
certain nutrients that offer specific benefits for those with asthma,
such as natural anti-inflamation, anti-oxidation, and anti-histaminic.
Nutrients with Specific Benefits for Asthma Sufferers.
Antioxidants Why: They defend against free radicals, which cause
irritation and inflammation (common for asthmatics) Sources: Fresh
produce (plenty of fruits and vegetables) are better than vitamin
Fish Oil (avoid if fish allergies are suspected) Why:
Anti-inflammatory Sources: According to the Annals of Internal
Medicine, having fish twice a week or fish oil concentrate (capsules)
are your best sources.
Glutamine Powder Why: According to the J Allergy Clinic of
Immunology, it is good for food allergy recovery and for those with
candidiasis (such as yeast infections). Sources: Supplements
Magnesium Why: Asthmatics are chronically deficient of it. Helps to
relax the bronchial tubes and smooth the esophagus muscle. Soures:
Milk and other dairy products, whole grains, nuts, legumes, leafy
Multivitamins with B complex (especially Vitamins B6 & B12) Why:
Asthmatics are typically deficient of these according to Nutritional
Medicine. Sources: Multivitamin supplements, especially those strong
in B6 & B12
Folic Acid Why: Asthmatics typically deficient. Sources: Dried
beans, peas, lentils, oranges, whole-wheat foods, liver asparagus,
beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, spinach, supplements
N-acetylcysteine Why: Antioxidant that thins the bronchial mucus.
Sources: N-acetylcysteine supplements (form of amino acid that is
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) Why: Helps to form antibodies.
Sources: Eggs, fish, milk and other dairy, whole-grain cereals,
white/sweet potatoes, lean beef, legumes, yeast, broccoli, capsules,
and shiitake mushrooms (Japanes/Chinese delicatessen)
Quercetin Why: It is a natural anti-histamine according to the US
Dept. of Agriculture. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory. Sources:
Supplements/capsules (it is a plant extract)
Do not make changes to your medication regimen without the supervision
of a qualified medical practitioner.