Vitamins relieve asthma

  • 16 Apr 2009
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Today’s study showing a strong association between lack of vitamin C and A and asthma is consistent with an emerging view that asthma, and other inflammatory diseases, are a result of a number of diet-related factors including lack of antioxidants, omega 3 fats in oily fish and an increase in high allergen foods such as wheat, milk and yeast.

All these factors help to tip a person’s biology into a state of inflammation which causes, among other things, constriction in the airways. Diet factors that reduce inflammation include increasing omega 3 intake from both oily fish and seeds such as flax and pumpkin, increasing zinc and magnesium intake, also rich in seeds, as well as green leafy vegetables. Other foods decrease inflammation, most notable turmeric, ginger, and red onions, rich in quercitin. These kind of foods are also naturally high in antioxidants, including vitamin A and C, which are also anti-inflammatory. When your body switches into a state of inflammation, which is much like going on red alert, the gut-related immune system is much more likely to attack foods as if they were foes. This results in more anti-food antibodies. These IgG antibodies become specifically targetted against foods. The most common target foods are milk and wheat, high in a protein called gliadin. Yeast and egg reactions are also quite common. A pinprick home test can determine such food allergens and, if these foods are avoided, and a high anti-inflammatory diet, plus appropriate supplements, is followed most asthma sufferers experience considerable relief. If you’d like to find out more see my Special Report on Seven Ways to Stop Asthma.

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