Asthma Prevention Diet: The Nutrients Under Investigation

Asthma effects millions of Americans. Chances are high that you or someone you know has asthma. Although it would be great if there were a dietary or supplement miracle to reduce the symptoms of asthma, research hasn’t quite found it yet. A recent review of the research done so far turned up less than hopeful. However, more studies will certainly be conducted to help determine what nutrients might be able to help us breathe a little better.

The nutrients to eat that might help asthma that were examined included:

1. Vitamin C: One of the vitamins that gets its press for being an antioxidant, vitamin C is found in bell peppers, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, kiwi fruit, and of course, citrus fruits.

2. Vitamin E: Another antioxidant, this vitamin is high in vegetable oil and wheat germ. Although some have touted it as helping prevent childhood asthma, the current review of studies found this association to be weak.

3. Selenium: An antioxidant-helper, you can get the recommended daily amount of selenium in just one Brazil nut. It’s also high in fish (snapper, shrimp, cod, tuna, halibut) and crimini mushrooms.

4. Omega-3s in Fish Oil: A super nutrient, omega-3s help reduce the inflammation, something that is common in asthma.

Although this study wasn’t very promising for using supplements of the above nutrients to help asthma, other studies have come up with a different outcome. One study found an association between children who had low vitamin D levels and symptoms of asthma. Another found that a Mediterranean Diet (which is high in all the nutrients listed above) was helpful in preventing asthma. And if diet doesn’t work, playing the didgeridoo (an instrument from the Aboriginals in Australia) might do the trick!


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