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Asthma

By Dr Peter Eng

GP, FACNEM, Nutritional Medicine

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Asthma is a common medical condition that affects breathing. During an asthma attack, the small airway tubes become inflamed and swollen. Because the actual air passage is now narrower, it can’t carry as much air. Asthma tends to run in families. It is also more common in people with allergies and eczema. Asthma may improve as your child grows older.

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The following Vitamins and Minerals may be deficient in Children with Asthma.

  • Essential Fatty Acids

    Supplementation with essential fatty acids may reduce allergic symptoms in certain individuals who have essential fatty acid deficiency. An example of good sources of omega-3s could include Sardines and Salmon and walnuts (oil) and flaxseeds (oil). Try a child supplement of Omega-3’s for Kids by Metagenics – they have a peppermint flavored one! They recommend Children 1-4 years: Take 2.5ml, Children 5-12 years take 5ml

  • Zinc

    Studies show if a patient is deficient in Zinc then by taking Zinc within 2-3hrs of developing a sore throat or common cold, can shorten the duration upper respiratory tract infections, which can bring on Asthma. (Science 2012; Singh 2013). Dosage: 1 drop daily. Be sure to read instructions on supplement packaging.

  • Magnesium

    Magnesium helps relax bronchial smooth muscle. Magnesium is deficient in Australian soil. Magnesium-rich foods, such as almonds, cashews, wheat bran, and kelp, are excellent foods for allergy relief, because magnesium is a bronchodilator and an antihistamine. Magnesium also has a calming effect on the muscles of the bronchial tubes and the whole body. Examples of good supplement providers include: ‘Fibroplex for Children’ (made by Metagenics) or “Kids Plus” by Nutrition Care.

  • Calcium

    For decades Calcium administration has been used to treat allergic reactions of the skin and respiratory tract (Bachert). Oral supplementation with one gram of calcium significantly inhibits allergen induced swelling of the nasal mucosa. For children I would recommend Ages 1 to 3 years: 350 milligrams (mg) per day, Ages 4 to 8 years: 500 mg per day. Examples of Calcium include: 1/2 cup plain yogurt: 207 mg, 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses: 172 mg, 1/2 cup calcium-fortified orange juice: 133 to 250 mg, 1/2 cup milk: 150 mg

  • Vitamin D

    Kids liquid. Reduces airway resistance and intrathoracic gas volume as well as increasing forced expiratory and expiratory volumes in patients with asthma. (Utz) Journal of Allergies and Clinical Immunology. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, so make sure your child gets enough vitamin D about 1 door per day. Be sure to read instructions on the packaging.

  • Vitamin E

    Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and helps to inhibit inflammatory compounds. It has antihistaminic properties. Vitamin E intake appears to be reduced in asthmatics (signh) and it’s intake have been inversely related to the risk of bronchial asthma (Troisi) Vitamin 2 can dramatically decrease asthmatic symptoms (Ahrot-Westerlund). Vitamin E supplements have been shown to help normalize immune function in Asthma sufferers. (Pletsktyi). It can be concluded that a vitamin E supplement could improve pulmonary function in children with moderate asthma You can cut open the oil capsules and squeeze half in to yoghurt.

  • Pro Biotics

    or Lactobacillus acidophilus – Probiotics have been proven to provide both anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effects as well as being great for the immune system and found to be effective in children.

  • Vitamin C

    Vitamin C provides allergy relief by reducing inflammation - the key to underplaying allergies. Simply put, foods containing vitamin C, such as broccoli, oranges, strawberries and apples, counteract the inflammatory allergic response. In general a Child needs Ages 1 to 3 years: 15 milligrams (mg) daily, Ages 4 to 8: 25 mg daily. Vitamin C is available in so many foods that deficiencies are extremely rare. However - fussy eaters (lacking in fruits and veggies) may not get enough vitamin C. Vitamin C combined with quercine (found in fruits and vegies) - Vitamin C Plus by Nutrition Care can improve asthma symptoms.

  • Vitamin B12

    Supplementing with B12 may reduce asthma symptoms.

  • Vitamin B6

    Vitamin B6 deficiency is common in asthmatics.

  • Niacin

    (Vitamin B3) Niacin is not available by itself – you need to buy a Multi Vitamin. Examples of good supplement providers include: Metagenics, Blackmore’s, or “Kids Plus” Nutrition Care (For Children)

Tips

  • Rule out food sensitivity
  • Several reports have noted improvements in allergies and asthma following elimination of food and/or food additives.
  • Do an IgG 93 Food Sensitivity Profile. You need to see a doctor who is from NIIM or a member of ACNEM. https://www.acnem.org
  • Skin tests and blood allergen specific IgE (RAST) tests are reliable and scientifically validated allergy tests. Together with a medical history and examination these tests can help your doctor define the cause of your allergies and are rebated by Medicare in Australia
  • http://www.annclinlabsci.org/content/37/1/96.full
Reviewed by Dr Peter Eng 3 June 2015 references
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This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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Asthma is a common medical condition that affects breathing. During an asthma attack, the small airway tubes become inflamed and swollen. Because the actual air passage is now narrower, it can’t carry as much air. Asthma tends to run in families. It is also more common in people with allergies and eczema. Asthma may improve as your child grows older.

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This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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