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Asthma

Asthma is a condition in which the airways are narrowed because of hypersensitivity to certain stimuli.  During an asthma attack, certain cells in the airway, particularly the mast cells, release substances such as histamine and leukotrienes that cause the smooth muscle to contract, mucus secretion to increase and some white blood cells to migrate to that area.  This results in airway spasm, swelling, and blockage. 

Asthma can be triggered by allergens or irritants, such as animal dander, chemicals, drugs, dust mites, environmental pollutants, mold, tobacco smoke or by stress and anxiety.

An asthma attack often comes with wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath.  Severe symptoms include confusion, lethargy and blue skin color indicating that oxygen supply is severely limited.

Asthma attacks can be avoided if the exposure to the specific stimuli is reduced.  Drugs used in asthma treatments are beta-agonists, bronchodilators, inhaled corticosteroids, antichlolinergics, oral corticosteroids, leukotriene antagonists.

The incidence of asthma is growing at an alarming rate over the past 15 years.  Children under the age of sixteen and adults over the age of sixty-five are most likely to suffer from asthma.  The rising level of environmental pollutants is the most probable cause of higher incidences of asthma nowadays.

 

Food supplements for asthma:

Essential fatty acids (flaxseed oil, primrose oil)

Essential fatty acids such as flaxseed oil, fish oil and primrose oil decrease inflammation and improve lung functions.  A small clinical study suggested that children who took fish oil supplements had some improvements compared to those who took a placebo pill.

 

Quercetin

Quercetin is an unique anti-allergy bioflavonoid. It is a strong antioxidant and can inhibit the mast cells from releasing pro-inflammatory compounds, including both histamine and leukotrienes.  Quercetin works synergistically with vitamin C so it is better to take supplements containing both.

 

Multivitamin and mineral complex

A good balance of vitamins and minerals is essential for health.  Vitamin A, B complex, C, E have different actions in the treatment of asthma.  They help tissue repair, decrease inflammation, protect lung tissue and destroy free radicals.

 

Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo has long be used by the Chinese to treat asthma.  Ginkgo leaves contain ginkgolides, compounds that reduce narrowing of the airways in response of allergens.

 

Reishi

Reishi inhibits the release of pro-inflammatory mediators such as histamines.  It also boosts the immune system and protects the body from infections which may trigger asthma attack.

 

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Source Naturals, Activated Quercetin

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