This chronic breathing disorder and lung disease affects as many as 15 million Americans. In an asthma attack, the bronchial tubes that feed air into the lungs become swollen and constricted, making it difficult to breathe. The narrowing of these airways triggers the release of compounds called histamines and other chemicals into the body. This causes further inflammation and spurs production of excess mucus that makes breathing even more difficult.
- Vitamin C is a key antioxidant present in the respiratory tract, appears to fight inhaled oxidants when taken promptly after exposure to them. By blocking the release of histamine, this nutrient may also stop allergic reactions. In addition, Vitamin C seems to be very effective at preventing exercise-induced asthma attacks if taken before a workout.
- Quercetin is a flavonoid that slows the release of histamine. It also works as an antioxidant against unstable oxygen molecules that can cause inflammation in respiratory passages.
- Green Tea can help reduce inflammation of the breathing passages. Several cups a day can safely be combined with other herbal and nutritional supplements.
- Magnesium can ease the severity of asthma attacks over the long-term use and limit the ability of bronchial muscles to contract.
- Vitamin B6 has been found to reduce wheezing and other common asthma symptoms. It can be especially beneficial if you take the asthma medication theophylline.
- Drinking eight or more glasses a day helps clear airways by keeping phlegm loose.
- Onions can promote healthy lungs as a result of the mustard oils they contain.