Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes (airways) that causes swelling and narrowing (constriction) of the airways. It can arise at any age, but approximately 50% of asthmatics will start to develop symptoms before the age of 10. Asthma is often more common in boys as opposed to girls as boys have smaller airways. 1 in every 11 children will develop asthma and it is classed as the most common chronic condition in the UK. In the UK alone, there are over 5 million people receiving treatment for this condition. (asthma.org.uk)
Asthma causes a narrowing of the airways, which interferes with the normal movement of air in and out of the lungs. Asthma involves only the bronchial tubes and does not affect the air sacs or the lung tissue. The narrowing that occurs in asthma is caused by three major factors; Inflammation, Bronchospasm, Hyper-reactivity. Below are some of the most beneficial foods for those with asthma.
Whilst they are in no way a cure for asthma, almonds are the most superior nut, benefiting the lungs, skin, and digestive tract. Their concentrated mineral content also makes almonds very nourishing for the bones, nails, and hair. Soaking overnight and removing their pitta-irritating skin makes them into a cooling, enzyme-rich superfood that boosts ‘ojas’.
Celery Seed is indicated in asthma, bronchitis, cough and sinus congestion. It actively helps to dilate the bronchioles by preventing spasm in the airways and encourages the removal of congested mucous.
Balancing the allergic/inflammatory pathways in the body is also very important for those with asthma. Omega 3 oils, which are found in oily fish can be an effective way to do this. One study found that children who eat fish more than once per week have one third the risk of developing asthma as those who don’t eat fish regularly.
Reducing the spasticity of the airway is an important goal in treatment of asthma. Green tea is a herbal medicine that may help as it is an effective bronchodilator.
Balancing the allergic/inflammatory pathways in the body is also very important for those with asthma. Omega 3 oils, which are found in flax seeds can be an effective way to do this.
The bitter, light, dry and penetrating properties of andrographis help to cut through thick phlegm in the respiratory tract. It’s potent immune stimulating activity and anti-infective properties also make it an ideal herb for those who are at a higher level of risk from respiratory based infections, such as those with asthma and bronchitis.
Reducing the spasticity of the airway is also an important goal in treatment of asthma. Magnesium is well known for its ability to relieve muscle spasm, and this includes the muscles that surround the airways of the lung.
Vitamin C is a nutrient that is important in the treatment of asthma. There have been 11 clinical studies since 1973 which have studied the use of vitamin C in the treatment of asthma, seven of which showed significant improvement.
Reducing the spasticity of the airway is an important goal in the treatment of asthma. Lobelia is an effective bronchodilator that can help.
Many people with asthma don’t produce enough stomach acid, a condition which can lead to food allergies and decreased nutrient absorption. This problem can be corrected with hydrochloric acid supplements.