Eat more fruits, veg­gies to re­duce asthma symp­toms

Gulf Times Community - - BODY & MIND -

If you have asthma, switch­ing to a healthy diet of fruits, veg­eta­bles and whole grain ce­re­als may help in re­duc­ing the symp­toms like dif­fi­culty in breath­ing, chest pain and cough­ing among many other things, ac­cord­ing to a study.

On the other hand, those who take un­healthy di­ets, with high con­sump­tion of meat, salt and sugar, are likely to have the poor­est re­lief from asthma symp­toms, the study showed, sug­gest­ing the role of healthy diet in pre­vent­ing the on­set of asthma as well as con­trol­ling prob­lem in adults.

“A healthy diet is mostly made up of a high in­take of fruit, veg­eta­bles and fi­bre. These have an­tiox­i­dant and anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties and are el­e­ments in a healthy diet that po­ten­tially lower symp­toms,” said lead re­searcher Roland An­dri­ana­solo, from Univer­sity of Paris 13 in France.

“In con­trast, the least healthy di­ets in­clude high con­sump­tion of meat, salt, and sugar, and these are el­e­ments with pro-in­flam­ma­tory ca­pac­i­ties that may po­ten­tially worsen symp­toms of asthma,” he added.

The re­sults also showed that for men and women with asthma who ad­hered to healthy di­ets, the like­li­hood of poorly con­trolled symp­toms was lower by 60 per cent and 27 per cent re­spec­tively.

For the study, pub­lished in Euro­pean Res­pi­ra­tory Jour­nal, the team an­a­lysed data from 34,776 adults.

Over­all, men who ate a health­ier diet showed a 30 per cent lower chance of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing asthma symp­toms, while in women with health­ier di­ets, the chance of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the symp­toms was 20 per cent lower.

“The study adds to the ev­i­dence on the im­por­tance of a healthy diet in man­ag­ing asthma and its pos­si­ble role in help­ing pre­vent the on­set of asthma in adults.

“Health­care pro­fes­sion­als must find the time to dis­cuss diet with their pa­tients, as this re­search sug­gests it could play an im­por­tant role in pre­vent­ing asthma,” the re­searchers noted. – IANS

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