October 2, 2016 12:03 pm Leave your thoughts
If you suffer from asthma and live in the UK, you’ll be well aware that you’re heading into one of the more dangerous times of the year. Every winter, hospital admissions due to breathing difficulties soar. You can’t rely on a particular food to cure an asthma attack, of course – but as with all health conditions, the right kind of diet can give you the best chance of fighting off an attack before it hits.
What’s the best food for asthma?
We’ve trawled through the evidence and advice available on the web to find out what people are recommending.
- Eat fresh fruit and vegetables: unarguably good for you, these have various specific benefits for asthma sufferers, including flavonoids in apples that are believed to open up airways, and beta-carotene in kale and carrots, to alleviate symptoms. Bananas, kiwis and spinach are frequently mentioned too. And if none of those particularly appeal, rest assured that any diet packed with fruit and vegetables is simply going to do you the world of good.
- Eat wholefoods: we always recommend wholefoods, because foods rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre have health benefits for everyone. For asthma sufferers, it can be particularly important to avoid allergens – and if you’re cooking from scratch from wholefoods, you’ll know exactly what’s gone into your meals.
- Turmeric, ginger and garlic: research is showing very positive results for these ingredients, which act as anti-inflammatories.
- Apricots: a special mention for apricots here, because we sell them(!) and because they’re delicious – if your asthmatic child isn’t keen on getting their beta-carotene from kale and carrots, perhaps a snack of dried apricots would do the trick?
- Caffeinated coffee and black tea: good news for many of us out there – drinking strong black tea and caffeinated coffee is thought to improve airflow.
- Oily fish, flaxseed and chia seeds: recommended for their high proportion of omega-3s, which are believed to reduce inflammation. Oily fish also score highly for vitamin D: children with poor vitamin D levels have greater difficulty controlling asthmatic symptoms.
This is a snapshot, of course, rather than anything like a definitive list. For everyone, a balanced and varied diet, rich in all the vitamins and minerals, is the best way to avoid or deal with any health issues. But if asthma, for you, means that you need an even better reason to eat healthily, this list is a really good place to start.
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This post was written by Yzanne