Asthma is an ailment related to respiratory system in which involuntary movement of respiratory muscles occurs. Such movement of bronchial muscles is known as muscle spasm. This lung disease is marked by swelling in lung lining and excessive production of mucus. This swelling and mucus make the air passage narrow which in turn leads to breathing troubles. Asthma is often coupled to allergy. Not only allergens but Asthma is also triggered by vigorous physical exercise, pollution and hormonal dysfunctioning. Generally, Asthma cannot be cured completely, butwith proper treatment and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can lessen the severity of disease. Apart from the prescribed treatments, Asthma can be cured to a large extent by using home remedies and a balanced diet.
- Quercetin (500mg): It is a supplement which is basically a flavonoid. Flavonoid is found in fruits like citrus fruits and apple, which is responsible for imparting color to them. It works as an anti-histamine, thereby regulating histamine release. When asthma is triggered due to heavy exercise, taking 2 doses of quercetin is found to be effective.
- 2NAC (N- acetyl cysteine; 200-500mg):N-acetyl cysteine increases the synthesis of glutathione which is responsible for building a strong antioxidant protection in the body. It also reduces the thickness of bronchial mucus and thus makes breathing an easy activity. Apart from this, it is also known to cure other pulmonary disorders as well. Two to three doses daily is essential for it to be effective.
- Fish oil: It consists of omega 3 fats. As asthma is an inflammatory disorder, omega 3 fats present in fish oil minimizes this inflammation and make the condition of the patient better. It also makes asthma a rare event by minimizing the frequency of asthma attacks. A dose of about 2000mg is adequate for daily consumption.
- Vitamin B6: Asthma depletes the vitamin B6 content in the body. It becomes essential for the body to take a supplement from outside. Deficiency of vitamin B6 may lead to a lot of other disorders of the mucus membrane and circulatory system. It is recommended for an asthmatic patient to take about 100 to 200 mg of vitamin B6 on daily basis.
- Magnesium: A supplement of magnesium should be consumed daily as it improves the functioning of the lungs. In case of an acute asthmatic attack, magnesium provides relief to the patient.
- Other oils: some oils like eucalyptus and peppermint clear the air passage and thereby facilitating easy inhale and exhale processes.These oils shouldn’t be consumed, but should be applied on chest and neck as penetrates skin to function at the target site. These oils can also be inhaled to open the blockage of air passage.