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Natural Help for Asthma Sufferers

This week’s tip is about natural remedies to help asthma sufferers, and helping to reduce the risk of developing asthma.

It is suggested that you try the following:

Firstly, Up your vitamin A and C intake.
A university study found that people with low levels of these vitamins were more at risk of developing asthma and having attacks. Good sources of vitamin A include: Cod liver oil, liver, eggs, carrots, spinach and apricots, and this can also help with improving vision, healthy skin and protection from infections. Good sources of vitamin C include: Blackcurrants, strawberries, lemons, oranges, peaches and broccoli, and this can also help with the formation of bones and teeth by absorbing calcium and maintaining and repairing body tissue.

Secondly, Get enough vitamin E. Children of women with low vitamin E levels may be more likely to develop asthma. Good vitamin E sources include: sunflower oil, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts and flapjacks, and as it is an anti-oxidant it will also protect nutrients in the body from damage by oxygen.

Go for apple juice. Research has suggested that children who drank apple juice daily were less likely to suffer from wheezing than those who only drank it less than once a month.

Eat oily fish. A study by Cambridge university suggested that eating oily fish could help reduce the risk of asthma.

And lastly, try Bromelain. This naturally anti-inflammatory enzyme derived from pineapple may reduce asthma symptoms according to US research.

Emma Driskel-Fitness Professional @ Bexley
Picture courtesy of “Free Digital Photos” image by m_bartosch

27/04/2011