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An Apple a Day: Supplements and Dietary Suggestions

1 Eat as little processed food as possible.
2 Eat an apple a day. They are rich in flavinoids and function as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
3 Avoid dairy products if your asthma produces excess mucus.
4 Drink plenty of water to loosen mucus and keep airways moist.

Daily Nutritional Supplements
Daily nutritional supplements can be helpful for asthma as well as adrenal gland exhaustion that often goes with it.
Magnesium Glycinate, Oratate or Aspartate (up to 800 milligrams)
In chelated form for easier absorption

Intravenous magnesium is used in hospitals to halt asthma attacks because it relaxes the smooth muscles of the air passages. Start with small doses several times daily with food and increase dosage gradually to avoid diarrhea. Even if you usually do not take supplements, this one is strongly recommended.
L-Arginine (500-1000 milligrams)
Gas nitric oxide, that dilates the small airways in the lungs, is formed from this amino acid by lung lining cells.
L-Tyrosine (100-200 milligrams)
This amino acid is depleted with corticosteroid use and contributes to adrenal exhaustion.

Vitamins and Minerals
You may be able to get these dosages in a good multivitamin tablet.
Vitamin A
(10,000 i.u)
Plays a role in preventing colds and flu
Vitamin E (400 i.u.)
A ntioxidant and can increase the capacity of blood to carry oxygen
Vitamin B-6 (100 milligrams)
P romotes immune function and formation of hemoglobin
Zinc (15-30 milligrams)
Immune enhancer, supports adrenal gland
F atty Acids
(3 tbls. flaxseed oil)
Reduces acute inflammatory response and repairs lung damage
Selenium (250 micrograms)
Antioxidant, protects against hyersensitivity

Herbal Remedies
Quercetin (1,000-2,000 milligrams)
Reduces inflammation
Licorice Root Extract (1 teaspoon)
Supports the adrenal gland


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