In a recently published article in the May issue of Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Hortensia Moreno-Macias reports that her review of published studies indicates that there is no clear evidence of a relationship between the use of antioxidant supplements and other dietary supplements and a decrease in allergies or asthma.
Oxidative stress stimulates the inflammatory responses that can lead to allergic diseases such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, and food allergies. The conventional wisdom holds that antioxidants would relieve this oxidative stress. However, a review of the published studies does not show this to be the case. So much for conventional wisdom!
In short, while there was no compelling evidence that the use of fish oil, vitamin C, vitamin E and other antioxidant supplements for asthma had a positive impact on allergies or asthma they found out that it didn’t harm either. The researcher recommends that in certain situations where antioxidants might not be available in the diet that supplements for asthma might be appropriate.
So, if you feel your diet is not complete and you want to take an antioxidant go ahead, just don’t expect it to help your allergies or asthma any more than eating a well balanced diet.
Did you get your dose of vitamin D today? If you have asthma, that is a question you should be asking. An article published in the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) documented the relationship between Vitamin D and asthma that is not controlled.
It is winter time so most people are spending more times indoors where it is warm. Even in South Florida its a bit chilly today. One of the things being outdoors and in the sun (besides keeping us warm) is that sunlight helps our bodies produce vitamin D.
Vitamin D Benefits
Vitamin D is an important vitamin that is necessary for the human body and helps us stay healthy Vitamin D gives us strong bones and aides in absorption of other nutrients. Short term exposure to sunshine on a regular basis and a healthy diet with plenty of vitamin D enriched foods such as milk and yogurt will usually provide an adequate amount of vitamin D.
If you have asthma, you may want to discuss this article with your doctor. It might be time for you to explore the relationship between Vitamin D and asthma if your asthma is not well controlled.
Always discuss use of supplements with your allergist.
In the meantime stay warm and try to get some sun and your Vitamin D.