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Eat Your Fruit and Vegetables - Help Asthma Prevention

Eat Your Fruit and Vegetables - Help Asthma Prevention

Friday, September 29th 2006

By now, almost everyone knows that experts recommend eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day for optimal health. But scientists at the National Institute of Public Health in Cuernavaca, Mexico, have asked an intriguing question: "Just which fruits and vegetables are more likely to prevent specific diseases?"

Specifically, they studied which foods had the ability to reduce the risk of developing adult asthma. New Zealand still has a very high number of people with asthma. By analyzing the diets and other health factors of nearly 69,000 French women, researchers found that the ones who ate plenty of tomatoes, carrots, and leafy greens were less likely to have asthma.

Among the women who were surveyed using a food frequency questionnaire, those who reported eating the most leafy greens - mainly spinach and lettuce - were 22 percent less likely to have asthma than women with the lowest intakes of such vegetables. Carrot eaters had a 20 percent lower risk of the disease, and tomato fans had an 18 percent lower risk. Overall, just 3 percent of the women reported having asthma.

Even with other major factors such as weight, calorie intake, smoking, and vitamin use taken into account, the women still had lower prevalence of the lung disease. Past studies have also linked antioxidants or other nutrients in plant foods with asthma prevention. Carrots, tomato juice, and spinach contain nutrients called carotenoids, some of which are converted into vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A helps regulate the immune system and maintains the lining of the respiratory tract.

Reproduced unabridged from the October - December 2006 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for Asthma:

ALJ
Allergy Check
Breathe Clear
Emphysemol
Herbal Chest Ease
HistaEze
Hi-Strength Liquid Fish Oil
Inner Health Plus
Lung Elixir
Mullein
Self Test Food Sensitivity Test
Thyme Lemon Syrup
Vitamin and Mineral Boost Powder
Vitamin C with Hesperidin Complex

Related health information can be found here:

Acid and alkaline forming foods
Allergies
Antioxidants
Asthma
Diabetes and insulin resistance
Foods to help detoxification
Immunity
Mullein for bronchitis, coughs, phlegm and asthma
The good health diet
Zone meal suggestions

Related articles can be found here:

Asthma and Wheezing Burden Underestimated
Chlorophyll- Nature's Green Wonder Food
Doctors Recommend a Multi-Vitamin a Day
Health-Giving Broccoli the Best of the Bunch
We Are What We Digest

If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.

Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.

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