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Foods for the lungs – Healthy foods for asthmatics

Asthma can also be brought on by allergies and so it is essential for patients, to be aware of the food items that are good or bad for them. As a family, it’s important that you monitor the food intake of any member who suffers from asthma. While there are quite a few food items that are healthy for people with asthma and can help also help relieve their symptoms, there are also those that can induce an allergic reaction.

Here we’d like to outline some essential foods that should be stocked up in case you or a family member is dealing with asthma.

1. Spinach

Spinach is an all around healthy food; for asthmatics, the presence of beta-carotenes, vitamin E, vitamin C and magnesium makes it a vital item for your food plate. Studies have shown that these nutrients are responsible for reducing the chances of asthma attacks while providing a host of other health benefits.

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2. Cabbage

Adding raw cabbage juice or salad to your family’s diet can actually reduce the chances of any members with asthma succumbing to an allergic attack. Regular consumption of raw cabbage can actually help in improving the tolerance of the patient to the allergen, thus reducing the severity of an attack.

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3. Amla

Amla is very high in vitamin C which helps in improving immunity and tolerance to asthma. Its anti-inflammatory properties play a vital role in the reduction of the severity of the asthma attack. It’s also an ingredient used in some home remedies for Asthma.

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4. Kuttu or Buckwheat

This is usually eaten during a fast in India. What makes it perfect for asthmatic patients is that it is hypo-allergic, which means it is low in allergy-triggering proteins. Kuttu is also very helpful when it comes to alleviating existing allergies.

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5. Apples

Apples contain a bioflavonoid called quercetin which is highly potent in anti-inflammatory properties. Daily consumption of apple juice helps reduce chances of wheezing due to asthma in children. So that old saying about an apple a day is quite true.

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6. Turmeric

Turmeric is well known as an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent. Its daily consumption helps boost immunity and also helps reduce congestion and wheezing caused by asthma.

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7. Ginger & Garlic

Ginger and garlic are both potent in anti-inflammatory properties. Eating them raw daily helps to reduce the body’s production of enzymes and other chemicals that might contribute to an asthmatic attack. While raw consumption may be difficult, there are plenty of options to use them in your daily diet.

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8. Tomatoes

Tomato contains lycopene which is an anti-inflammatory substance. To be able to absorb the lycopene, make sure you cook the tomatoes in a soup, a sauce or a curry as it makes it easier for the body to absorb. Absorbable lycopene is only present in the cooked tomatoes.

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In case you’re looking for some home/ ayurvedic remedies for asthma symptoms, check out our story here.

Sources
aarogya.com