Common food allergens including eggs, shellfish, nuts, corn, wheat, and dairy are a good place to start. Try to be aware of both immediate reactions (true allergy) and delayed onset symptoms (intolerance), as both can contribute to an increase in asthma attacks.
Food additives, including artificial colors, flavors and preservatives are also potential triggers to be aware of. You can avoid these additives by reading labels and feeding your child a diet of whole, natural foods.
- omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and children who get adequate amounts have been shown to have reduced instance of allergies and asthma
- flavonoids, including those found in berries, green tea, and grape seed haven been demonstrated to reduce allergenic responses. Quercetin, found in apples, blueberries, onions, and citrus foods, among others, has been shown to be particularly effective.
- Vitamin C is very helpful in lowering blood histamine levels, and thus reducing allergenic responses. Further, low vitamin C intake is an independent risk factor for asthma, and a good intake is crucial in maintaining healthy airways.
Many other nutrients, including magnesium, vitamins B6, B12 and vitamin D have also been studied in relation to asthma, and have shown to play key roles in asthma control. It is important, therefore, to make sure that your child eats a well-balanced and nutritious diet. One of the best ways to ensure that your child gets all the nutrients he or she needs is to emphasize a good variety of vegetables and fruit in the diet and balance it with nutritious grains and lentils, healthy fats and lean protein sources.
For information purposes only. Not intended to diagnose, remedy, or prevent any illness or disease. Not to substitute for the care of a qualified healthcare practitioner.