Effect of Diet on Asthma

Updated at: Mar 23, 2012
Effect of Diet on Asthma

Diet plays a significant role in checking asthma and asthma symptoms. The diet for asthmatics should contain ingredients that have a positive effect on asthma.

Aparna Mir
AsthmaWritten by: Aparna MirPublished at: Mar 23, 2012

Diet has a direct effect on the occurrence of asthma. It greatly affects the onset of asthma attacks. People tend to get allergic to certain food items, and develop asthma.

Asthma can’t be cured permanently, but its symptoms can be reduced and controlled. The diet for asthma should not contain any food items that trigger asthmatic responses in the patient. It should be devoid of milk and milk products such as cheese, butter and ice cream.  A diet rich in vitamins such as vitamin A, C and E are favoured as these have anti-inflammatory properties. They reduce the swelling of bronchial muscles and clear the blockages.

People who take diet rich in beta carotene and flavenoids develop high immune response against allergens. Such people are less prone to get asthma or asthma symptoms. Those who take highly nutritious diet rich in fruits and vegetables never develop asthma. Fruits and vegetables contain numerous essential acids such as citric acid, malic acid and tartaric acid which contain prostaglandins that prevents an asthma attack.

Certain minerals such as sodium, magnesium and selenium also prohibit the occurrence of asthma. They ease the bronchial constriction, thus preventing any irritation in the respiratory system causing asthma. A diet rich in nuts, seeds and soya beans is highly effective for asthma patients. Green leafy vegetables contain bioflavonoid, which acts as natural bronchodilator that causes relaxation of muscles of bronchial vessels.

The diet of an asthma patient should be designed in such a way that it can cause weight loss. Overweight condition in a patient makes asthma highly problematic. A slight decrease in weight can do wonders for your body. It significantly affects the symptoms of asthma.

Sometimes people get allergic to food items as well. When allergic reactions get severe, they can trigger asthma. Therefore, such food items should be completely eliminated from their diet to reduce any chances of getting asthma. People with asthma should opt for a diet that not only protects them from asthma triggers but also strengthens their immune system.


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