Vitamins for Respiratory & Lung
Supplements for Asthma
Asthma is a relatively common disease which affects over 12% of the UK population according to the British Lung Foundation. It is a chronic, long-term inflammatory lung condition that causes symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, feeling breathless and chest tightness. Triggers can include pollen, animals/pets, house dust mites, air pollution, smoking, stress or anxiety, cold weather and hormone changes.
If you have asthma, you can support the health of your lungs and respiratory system by eating a healthy diet and understanding what your individual triggers are.
Key Foods for Asthma
There isn’t a specific asthma diet to follow, however a typical Western diet high in saturated fats, processed foods, sugars and low in nutrients may cause an increase in asthma symptoms and severity due to the potential for increased inflammation. Some people with allergic asthma due to a food sensitivity or intolerance may need to exclude trigger foods permanently from their diet, such as shellfish, eggs, dairy, sesame seeds, nuts and gluten.
On the whole, following a well-balanced, anti-inflammatory diet is likely to be the best approach for most asthma sufferers. Aim to include the foods listed below:
- Vegetables and fruit – choose seasonal, organic produce where possible and eat a wide variety of colours. Aim for 7-10 servings each day.
- Herbs and spices – include a wide variety for flavour and antioxidant effects, particularly ginger, curcumin and cinnamon which are natural anti-inflammatories.
- Fats and oils – include avocado, nuts*, olive oil, oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines), seafood*, flaxseed, chia seeds, eggs, avocado oil, hemp seed oil.
- Legumes and beans – adzuki, kidney, black or butter beans, chickpeas and lentils.
- Meat and poultry – keep to a minimum and choose good quality produce, organic if possible. Limit red meat intake to once weekly.
*avoid food such as nuts or shellfish in the case of allergy
Which Supplements Can Support Asthma?
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
Top Tips on Buying Supplements for Asthma
- Look for supplements which contain vitamin D3 which is the bio-available form of vitamin D. Consider getting your vitamin D levels tested so that you can supplement according to your needs.
- The most bio-available forms of magnesium are magnesium glycinate and magnesium citrate, either in powder or capsule form.
- Taking more than 540 milligrams of vitamin E per day may be harmful so check the dosage. Choose products containing alpha-tocopherol which is the natural, more bioavailable form of vitamin E. Avoid those containing dl-alpha-tocopherol which is a synthetic, less bioavailable form.
Nutritional Therapy Support For Asthma
Work with a registered Nutritional Therapist for a personalised nutrition and diet plan, tailored to your specific health requirements. For one-to-one support with asthma or respiratory conditions and to book a consultation, head over to our expert page here: https://www.vitaminology.co/consultations
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