Vitamin C, zinc and omega 3 fatty acids may help asthma

Vitamin C, mineral zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids help asthma

A study in Acta Paediatrica suggests that supplementation of vitamin C, zinc, and omega 3 fatty acids helps asthma patients.

Bronchial asthma is caused by chronic inflammation in airways and nutritional intervention is known to decrease the severity of many chronic inflammatory disease including asthma, according to researchers at Mohammed Al Biltagi of Tanta University, Tanta, Egypt.

The researchers found supplementation of vitamin C, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids supplements improved childhood asthma control test, pulmonary function tests, and sputum inflammatory markers in children with moderately persistent asthma.

The study involved 70 asthma patients who took supplements of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C and Zinc either singly or in combination in a series of continuous dietary intervention phases with each followed by a washout phase. Evaluated at baseline and at the end of the study were childhood asthma control test, pulmonary function tests and sputum inflammatory markers.

Combined supplementation of vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids and zinc was found more effective in improving asthma condition than each individual supplement.

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