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Asthma nutrition

Using current nutritional research, here is what we know that can help asthma.

Fish oils (essential fatty acids) have a broad anti-inflammatory effect. It could take 9 months of supplementation to increase FEV (forced expiratory volume). FEV is a pulmonary function test used to diagnose asthma and other pulmonary diseases. I recommend 2-3 grams per day.

Pyrodoxine, vitamin B6 has been studied and found to be effective in the prevention of asthma attacks.

Vitamin B12 shots can improve tolerance to flare-ups, possibly by preventing reactions to sulfite exposure. B12, also known as cyanocobalin or hydroxycobalamin works by binding the sulfites to cobalamin, thereby blocking their allergic potential.

Rye grass extract can help to dampen bronchial hyper-reactivity.

Nettles can help prevent underlying allergic reactions to various inhalants.

Vitamin C is thought to be the major antioxidant in the linings of the lungs and bronchi. Asthmatic patients have been shown to have low vitamin C blood levels. Some studies show lessening of respiratory symptoms and improvement in respiratory function with C supplementation. It’s also postulated that vitamin C may help lower histamine levels. This effect, however, was only found to occur when supplementation continued over a six- week period.

Magnesium both orally and intravenously can help prevent flare-ups.

Antioxidants, such as quercetin, are thought to provide protection because free radicals can stimulate bronchial constriction.

DHEA can improve breathing capacity. It is typically low in-patients who have used steroids repeatedly. I like to know a persons blood levels before DHEA supplementation.

Accurate testing and treatment of both food and inhalant allergens is extremely important. Have you had a RAST panel? A blood test, to screen for allergens.

Addressing food and inhalant allergies and building a healthier immune system can go a long way in terms of prevention. Since air pollution is often cited as a cause of asthma, I can’t help but wonder if chemicals in the home or workplace are a major contributing factor. Chemicals aggravate the lungs – period!

You have to be concerned about household products, scents, wood preservatives, floor and wall treatments, carpets, rugs, drapes, and synthetic-impregnated furniture. Have any of these things changed recently? Also consider indoor natural gas from furnaces, water heaters, and stoves which generates irritating nitric oxide residues.

If you were my sister I would tell you to go to my website www.DrJeffreyTucker.com, click on Metagenics & order these products from them:

UltraInflam X (make shakes using 2 scoops per day). This has lots of natural anti-inflammatories.

Perimine (1 tablet BID)

EPA-DHA 720 (2 in the morning & 2 at night)

Include D3 (5,000 IU per day until your levels are 50-60), vitamin C (2-3 grams per day), & quercitin (dosage on the bottle). Stick to an anti-inflammatory diet using low carb – it is part of the puzzle.

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