DIETS AND ASTHMA: VITAMINS AND NUTRIENT SUPPLEMENTS

There is little doubt that vitamins C, E, A, B12 and B1, zinc, calcium, magnesium, essential fatty acids, fish oil, evening primrose oil, ginko, quercitin and garlic, as well as an ample supply of the B vitamins, are of great help in the treatment and prevention of asthma. But because no two people are alike and because asthmatics may suffer an attack and even die if they have an allergic reaction to something they happen to be sensitive to, you should always try each supplement alone and under controlled conditions. A careful history by a health practitioner will help to eliminate some possibilities; for example, if you react to aspirin, the practitioner will know immediately that garlic supplements can cause reactions in salicylates-sensitive people, so this otherwise very important treatment may not be precribed for you. Single vitamins and single minerals seldom cause allergic reactions but compounds or the excipients (fillers used to make them into tablets) might do so. Even the capsules may cause a reaction.
In my long clinical experience I have seen reactions to the most diverse substances — lettuce, carrots, apples, spinach, meat, potatoes and, occasionally, to just about every vitamin you can think of. Deaths caused by monosodium glutamate ingestion have been reported but we know now that such reactions can be dramatically reduced by taking some vitamin B6.
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DIETS AND ASTHMA: VITAMINS AND NUTRIENT SUPPLEMENTSThere is little doubt that vitamins C, E, A, B12 and B1, zinc, calcium, magnesium, essential fatty acids, fish oil, evening primrose oil, ginko, quercitin and garlic, as well as an ample supply of the B vitamins, are of great help in the treatment and prevention of asthma. But because no two people are alike and because asthmatics may suffer an attack and even die if they have an allergic reaction to something they happen to be sensitive to, you should always try each supplement alone and under controlled conditions. A careful history by a health practitioner will help to eliminate some possibilities; for example, if you react to aspirin, the practitioner will know immediately that garlic supplements can cause reactions in salicylates-sensitive people, so this otherwise very important treatment may not be precribed for you. Single vitamins and single minerals seldom cause allergic reactions but compounds or the excipients (fillers used to make them into tablets) might do so. Even the capsules may cause a reaction.In my long clinical experience I have seen reactions to the most diverse substances — lettuce, carrots, apples, spinach, meat, potatoes and, occasionally, to just about every vitamin you can think of. Deaths caused by monosodium glutamate ingestion have been reported but we know now that such reactions can be dramatically reduced by taking some vitamin B6.*50\145\2*

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