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Best Foods for Asthma Sufferers

Updated at: Apr 17, 2012
Best Foods for Asthma Sufferers

Food such as whole grains, items rich in vitamin A and C and sources of omega-3 fatty acids are best for asthma sufferers as they are effective in relieving asthma symptoms.

Written by: Gunjan RastogiPublished at: Mar 27, 2012

Best Foods for Asthma Sufferers

Certain foods can directly worsen the severity of asthma, thereby resulting in asthma attacks. A well- balanced diet plan for the treatment of asthmatics includes foods that are advantageous in relieving asthma symptoms and attacks. The best foods for asthma sufferers include:

Whole Grains

Some researchers have concluded that a diet rich in meat and other forms of poultry items largely contributes to the likelihood of asthma. A study revealed that children, who get protein from cereals, nuts, starches, rice and vegetables are unlikely to catch wheezing caused by asthma. It is recommended that asthmatics put a limit on their meat intake and increase their consumption of whole grains such as whole-wheat bread, brown rice, oatmeal, whole-grain cereal and whole-wheat pasta.


Vitamin A and C

Researchers at the University of Nottingham came up with the theory that people, who consume a diet low in vitamins A and C, are on the major risk of developing asthma. According to their study, men who suffer from asthma were reportedly lacking about ¼ percent of their daily requirement of vitamin A. Women suffering from asthma lacked around 30 percent of their daily vitamin A requirement.  This study concluded that asthma sufferers must consume a diet rich in both vitamins A and C. It also showed that foods dense with vitamins A, C and E help to remove toxins from our body and strengthen our immune system. By effectively minimising damage occurred to the tissue and inflammation of the airways, vitamin rich foods lower the acuteness of asthma. Some excellent sources of vitamin A include cheese, eggs, milk, yogurt, green leafy vegetables and certain kinds of fish (salmon, herring, anchovies and tuna). Good sources of vitamin C include all citrus fruits and vegetables such as kiwi, oranges, broccoli, gooseberry (amla) sprouts and sweet potatoes.


Fatty Acids- Omega-3 Acid

Fatty acids in the form of omega-3 and omega-6 are most commonly consumed. Omega-3 fatty acids present vast majority of health benefits for asthma sufferers whereas omega-6 fatty acids can deteriorate the condition of an asthmatic. Omega-3 fatty acids help in decreasing the incidences of asthma attacks by calming the inflamed airways.  On the other hand, omega-6 fatty acids can actually increase the inflammation of the airways, thereby shooting the sensitivity of lungs up towards irritants leading to a drastic increase in the occurrence of asthma attacks. Some good sources of omega-3 fatty acids include fish (especially, salmon and tuna), canola or olive oil and walnuts. All pre-packaged foods should be prohibited by asthmatics as they contain high amount of omega-6 fatty acids.

For proper dietary guidance, consult your doctor.


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