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Can Cod Liver Oil Help Asthma?

Jul 15, 2008
It's been shown that there is an association between cod liver oil and asthma. A lack of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet is believed by many experts to be one of the causes of asthma. Babies who were bottle fed and children who don't eat a sufficiently nutritional diet appear to be at higher risk for this ailment.

Research has found that cod liver oil is a rich source of vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. Among its many benefits are the prevention of dry skin, relief for arthritis sufferers, and improved heart health. And now cod liver oil seems to hold the promise of curtailing asthma symptoms.

It seems that asthma attacks can be treated by including an adequate amount of essential fatty acids in the diet, particularly the omega-3 fatty acids found in cod liver oil. Researchers report that omega-6 is the most widely consumed of the fatty acids, whereas omega-3 is the least consumed.

It is reasonable to assume that cod liver oil can be a viable choice in treating this condition. Asthma is an inflammatory condition and we know that omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce inflammatory conditions.

It's been revealed in studies that children are more liable to develop asthma when they don't eat enough foods containing Vitamins C, E, and B12, as well as zinc, selenium, magnesium and beta-carotene. A first step in treating asthma should be to include these important nutrients in the diet, supplemented by cod liver oil.

It has been found that there is a need to supplement the diet with cod liver oil in order to maintain sufficient levels of the vitamins and fatty acids in the body. Research has shown that it's hard to get enough omega-3 fatty acids through diet alone.

When one asthma sufferer experienced wheezing she took cod liver oil and found relief. When she stopped taking it the wheezing started again. It appears, then, that cod liver oil reduces asthma symptoms.

If you or your child has asthma, the first suggestion would be to consult with your physician to determine if cod liver oil is appropriate for you. There may be certain conditions under which you cannot use this oil, especially if you or your child have a pre-existing illness or have been taking medications which can interact with the oil.

Cod liver oil may be an effective alternative to conventional asthma treatments since it appears to help asthma patients, based on research of the connection between asthma causes and the effects of asthma.
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Kim Archer writes for Asthma Treatment Today, a great source of information on causes and treatments of asthma.
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