Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Game Plan to Defeat Asthma

bn243062Ray D Strand M.D. in his book “What your doctor doesn’t know about nutritional medicine” says, “Asthmatics need to build their natural defence system to fight the onslaught of antioxidants.”

• People with asthma are often deficient in key nutrients, especially vitamin C, magnesium, and vitamin B6.
• Vitamin C, the major antioxidant present in the lining of the respiratory tract, appears to act immediately to combat inhaled oxidants. In addition, it may halt an allergic reaction by preventing the cells from releasing histamine. Eating more servings of citrus fruits, peppers and berries may help you in pumping your natural defence system.
• Furthermore, Vitamin C is very effective for exercise-induced asthma; according to various studies, taking 2,000 mg before a workout may even thwart an asthma attack.
• As for the mineral magnesium, it can prevent attacks by inhibiting the contraction of the bronchial muscles.
• Seven servings of fruits and vegetables in a day can supply you with needed antioxidants. A high amount of vitamin C, selenium, vitamin E and betacarotene found in these foods meant better lung function, even for asthmatics.
• Asthma is an inflammatory disease. Essential Fatty Acids like flax seed oil or fish oil can help keep inflammation under control.

Other influences on asthma
• Remain calm. Managing stress helps fight asthma.
• Eat tomatoes. British researchers found that people who ate tomatoes three times a week had improved lung function and experienced less wheeziness and fewer asthma-like symptoms.
• Look on the bright side. When Harvard researchers followed 670 men with an average age of 63 years for eight years, they found those who were more optimistic had much better lung function and a slower rate of lung function decline than the pessimists in the bunch.
• Drink at least eight glasses of water a day to keep mucus loose.
• Sip on green tea. Substances in green tea can help reduce the airway inflammation that accompanies an asthma attack.
• Practise yoga. Not only does it enhance breathing, it is also relaxing.
• Breathing exercises seem to help asthmatics.
The latest research studies
Expecting mothers get enough of vitamin D. High levels of vitamin D, obtained during pregnancy appear to reduce the risk of recurrent wheeze or wheeze symptoms in children in early childhood. This study was reported in March 2007 issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
A traditional Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables and nuts during childhood appears to protect against symptoms of asthma and nasal allergies. The link may be the high antioxidant levels of this diet that may reduce likelihood of wheezing.
Besides, an inexpensive device, called a peak-flow meter, measures how fast and how hard you can exhale air from your lungs. Its results, compared to levels set by your doctor or to previous readings, can often predict an asthma attack, even a day or two in advance.

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