Asthma and Fish Oil

Asthma and Fish Oil

Asthma and Fish Oil

There was a study conducted in Indiana University which
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asthma symptoms, especially that caused by over activity
or too much exercise

Emergency medication is often needed by people who have severe asthma symptoms.

The study involved 16 asthma
patients suffering mild symptoms to severe ones.

These individuals need daily asthma medications in order to
control the attacks. The asthma patients were given high
doses of fish oil which contain EPA or Eicosapentaenoic
acid (3.2 gm) and DHA or Docosahexaenoic acid (2gm) for
about three weeks.

Before fish oil administration, the lungs of the asthma
patients were first examined through efficiency tests.
Sputum samples were also taken and analyzed. The tests
took note of the inflammatory cells and some markers.
The same tests were conducted after the end of the study.
After the 3-week period of fish oil administration, the
patients showed 64% improvement in terms of lung efficiency
and the need for asthma medications also reduced by about
31%. Fish oil contains fatty acids (Omega 3) which has an
anti-inflammatory effect.

Asthma patients often have second thoughts about exercising
because they fear that it can cause asthma symptoms. This
is true especially in some asthmatics. However, the body
needs adequate exercise and this is the reason why some
asthma patients still engage in some forms of exercise. In
some case, the air passage swells or become inflamed when
the asthma patient engages in strenuous exercises. When this
happens, the doctor will tell you that the asthma attack was
exercise-induced. How can you tell if you’re exhibiting asthma
symptoms? It’s quite simple; once you experience wheezing,
breath shortness, chest tightness, and coughing, you’re already
having an asthma attack. Don’t worry because the asthma symptoms
will just ease off after 1 ½ hours.

If you exercise during dry and cool conditions, you’re more
likely to experience asthma symptoms because there is cooling
and drying out of the air passages. This will result to the
release of inflammatory chemicals which narrows the airways.
Some doctors encourage swimming as a form of exercise because
the air is usually warmer and moist and so asthma attacks seldom

When the asthma attack is exercise-induced, the individual will
not be able to get enough exercise. In the case of youngsters
who like sports and other physical activities, their health
condition will serve as a barrier and so they can’t enjoy their
life to the fullest.

Omega 3 is different from Omega 6. Large percentage of Omega 3
is found in fish oil and this is very beneficial to asthma
patients because of its anti-inflammatory properties. The latter
is pro-inflammatory which means that it can trigger the release
of inflammatory chemicals, thereby resulting to asthma attacks.
Medical experts advise asthma patients to increase their
consumption of Omega 3 or fish oil instead of consuming more
vegetable oils, processed foods, dairy products, and meats which
contain Omega 6. So where can you get fish oil? You can get it
from oily fishes or in fish oil that came from plant sources.

You have to include fish oil in your everyday supplements
because of its therapeutic benefits. You can use it to prevent
future asthma attacks which are exercise-induced. Beware of
fish oils with lesser grade because it has harmful toxins. Try
to purchase only the pharmaceutical grade or best quality
supplements of fish oil. See:

Vitamin Supplements