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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, 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.


Herbal supplement research

I don’t care about what you have heard or read lately, these are the facts about these herbal supplements:

Echinacea has “Good scientific evidence for this use”:

  • Prevention of upper respiratory tract infections (adults and children)
  • Treatment of upper respiratory tract infections (adults)

St. John’s wort has “Strong scientific evidence” for treating “mild-to-moderate depressive disorder.” 

Chamomile extract was better than placebo in reducing anxiety.

Milk thistle is effective in interfering with the life cycle of the hepatitis C virus.

Ginkgo biloba helps treat dementia, relieves claudication (painful legs from clogged arteries), and  improves blood flow to the brain to reduce cerebral insufficiency (defined as poor concentration, confusion, absent-mindedness, anxiety, etc.). 

Pcynogenol helps for treating asthma, and for relieving chronic venous insufficiency (leg swelling and varicose veins).

Ginseng boosts immune function, lowers blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics, and is a heart healthy antioxidant, which include the reduction of LDL oxidation.

Red yeast rice gets an A for lowering LDL and triglycerides.


Taking Vitamin D in Winter Reduces Incidence of Flu

 A study of school children in Japan showed a 42% reduction in risk of developing influenza A when taking vitamin D supplements. Asthma attacks were also less common among vitamin D takers who caught the flu. 

 Also Vitamin D3  is critical for calcium uptake into bone.  There is growing evidence that vitamin D may also reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis, depression, obesity, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and upper respiratory infection. 

I have been recommending Vitamin D3 for several years now. I am convinced that it can also help clients with chronic low back pain. I usually prefer omega 3 fish ooils with the D3. Take D3 with food.
I recommend the Metagenics Iso D3. It contains 2000 IU of vitamin D3 with Isoflavones. Order @