Asthma is a type of Respiratory System Ailment that is characterized by spasms of the bronchial tubes, coughing and excessive excretion of a viscous mucous in the lungs that can lead to difficult breathing. Asthma is considered to be an inflammatory condition.
These Substances may Induce/Exacerbate Asthma in Susceptible Individuals
• Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) may aggravate Asthma.
• Tryptophan may aggravate Asthma.
• Excessive exposure to Positive Atmospheric Ions may increase the risk of Asthma.
• Aspartame may cause Asthma and may exacerbate existing Asthma.
• Calcium Benzoate may exacerbate Asthma in susceptible persons.
• Potassium Benzoate may exacerbate Asthma in susceptible persons.
• Tartrazine may exacerbate Asthma in susceptible persons.
• Excessive consumption of Iron (or high retention of Iron) may increase the risk of Asthma (due to the increased generation of Free Radicals induced by Iron).
• Excessive exposure to Lead may increase the risk of Asthma.
• During Asthma attacks excessive Histamine is released by the Mast Cells of the Immune System.
• Excessive circulating Serotonin may induce Asthma (by causing the bronchospasms that are implicated in Asthma).
• Excessive dosages of Paracetamol may cause Asthma. Use of Paracetamol by pregnant women during the latter stages of Pregnancy may increase the risk of Asthma in offspring.
These Foods may Cause Asthma in Susceptible Persons
• Soy Milk may increase the risk of Asthma (this effect is likely to occur as a result of Soy Milk causing Food Allergies). Organic soymilk may not have this effect.
• Excessive consumption of Garlic may induce Asthma in susceptible persons.
Forms of Asthma
• Allergic Asthma occurs after inhaling an Allergen (for example, dust, molds, pollen or animal dander). The allergen causes antibodies to form in the lungs’ cells in order to “fight” the allergen. Many cases of allergic asthma are hereditary.
• Intrinsic Asthma is triggered by inhaling irritants such as dust particles, smoke or fumes and can also be triggered by cold damp weather, exercise, laughing, coughing or stress.
L-Arginine Arginine may be useful for the treatment of Asthma (due to its role in the production of Nitric Oxide). Nitric oxide controls the mechanism which keeps the bronchial passages open. Arginine increases nitric oxide production. Arginine (3,400 13,600 mg per day) has been demonstrated to improve lung function.
Lycopene (30 mg per day)
Lycopene may help to prevent Asthma including Exercise-induced Asthma.
CoQ-Gamma-E Coenzyme Q10 (60 - 120 mg per day) may alleviate Asthma.
AllerAid Herbal 3 tablets 3 times a day
GLA Borage Oil Omega-3 Fatty Acids may help to prevent Asthma. Some Asthma patients may benefit from increased Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) consumption:
Mild atopic asthma: 500 mg of EPA + 750 mg of GLA for 4 weeks.
Moderate severe atopic asthma: 750 mg of EPA + 1,130 mg of GLA per day for 4 weeks.
Super EPA / Ethyl EPA EPA + GLA treatment resulted in a significant decrease in leukotriene synthesis in asthma patients.
Magnesium Citrate Magnesium may alleviate the bronchoconstriction associated with asthma and asthma may occur as a result of magnesium deficiency. Intravenous solutions containing magnesium can successfully treat acute asthma attacks.
Organic Germanium has been reported to benefit asthma patients. OxyNutrients (contains organic germanium, carnitine, coenzyme Q10 & magnesium)
Quercetin 300 Quercetin may alleviate asthma (primarily due to the anti-inflammatory properties of Quercetin).
Selenium may be useful for the treatment of asthma.
Zinc may help to prevent and treat Asthma.
• Apple juice
• Aloe vera juice
• Passion flower juice
• Ginkgo biloba
• Dong Quai
RenewPro: Whey protein to inhibit bronchoconstriction in exercise-induced asthma
Due to the anti-inflammatory properties of the fish oils contained in oily fish, regular consumption of oily fish may reduce the risk of asthma.
• Garlic may alleviate asthma; but excessive garlic can induce asthma.
• Onions may alleviate asthma by inhibiting the production of chemicals that cause the bronchial muscle to spasm, and by relaxing the bronchial muscles.
Swimming is claimed to be a useful therapy for Asthma. PHYSICAL THERAPIES
Acupuncture is recognized as an effective treatment for some cases of Asthma.
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