Healthy diet linked to lower asthma risk

July 12, 2007 in Nutrition Topics in the News

Healthy diet linked to lower asthma risk
Research findings published in the journal Chest suggest that a diet rich in fruit, vitamins C and E, and omega-3 fatty acids may lead to overall lung health and a decreased risk of asthma and wheezing.

Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health recruited over 2000 students between the ages of 16 and 18 in Canada and the US, and assessed lung health and diet through standardized questionnaires. 

The findings suggest that at least a third of the students had low dietary intakes of fruit, vegetables, vitamins A and E, as well as omega-3 fatty acids.

The study results suggest that low intakes of fruit, vitamin C and E and omega-3 fatty acids were associated with decreased lung function and a higher risk of wheezing and asthma.  

These risks were even further increased among teens with low intakes who also smoked.

For more information on lung health, please visit the Asthma Society of Canada.

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