Nutrients That Help Manage Asthma
Asthma is one of the primary causes of chronic illness in kids and adults. Fortunately, there are natural ways to minimize the frequency of asthma by including omega-3, antioxidants like carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin E, and nutrients like B6, folate, and magnesium.
Nutrients That Help With Asthma Symptoms:
- When dietary omega-3 levels are low, it creates pro-inflammatory conditions in the body which is one of the trigger factors for asthma.
- Omega-3 fats exert an anti-inflammatory effect on mucous membranes and lower the risk of an asthma flare-up.
- Studies show that taking omega-3 is linked to a lower risk of asthma in both children as well as young adults1,2.
- Inflammation of the airways in asthma patients leads to severe stress and damage to the delicate lining of lung tissue. Antioxidants like carotenoids, vitamin C, and vitamin E help prevent harm to the lung and bronchial tissues.
- Studies have linked asthma and other upper respiratory issues to low fruit and antioxidant intake3.
- Studies show that vitamin D strengthens your immune system and helps your body defend itself against a cold or the flu4. By reducing your risk of a cold and the flu, you lower your risk for asthma flare-ups.
- A recent study revealed that vitamin D brought down asthma flare-ups by about 300% in children5.
- A 2016 review of several clinical studies found that taking vitamin D supplements along with regular asthma medications may help lower the frequency of asthma attacks6.
- Magnesium has been found to help the bronchial cells relax and ease symptoms in children with asthma7.
- Studies show that magnesium stimulates nitric oxide production which helps increase blood flow to the lungs. It also improves the production of prostacyclin, a hormone that promotes healthy blood pressure in the blood vessels of the lungs8.
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2. Intakes of long-chain omega-3 (n−3) PUFAs and fish in relation to incidence of asthma among American young adults: the CARDIA study, 2013 Jan; 97(1): 181–186
3. Dietary antioxidants and asthma in adults, 2006 May; 61(5): 388–393
4. Vitamin D supplementation to prevent acute respiratory tract infections: systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant data, 2017 Feb 15;356:i6583. doi: 10.1136/bmj.i6583
5. Rapid vs Maintenance Vitamin D Supplementation in Deficient Children With Asthma to Prevent Exacerbations, 2017 Sep;152(3):527-536. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2017.06.021. Epub 2017 Jun 23
7. Oral magnesium supplementation in asthmatic children: a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial, 2007 Jan;61(1):54-60. Epub 2006 Jun 21
8. Intravenous magnesium sulfate for the treatment of acute asthma in the emergency department, 1989 Sep 1;262(9):1210-3