Asthma is a distressing chronic health condition affecting an estimated 235 million people worldwide. The causes of asthma are varied – usually environmental, genetic, or medical - but the symptoms are largely the same: inflammation of the airways leading to wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing. It is the most common chronic disease among children, and asthma symptoms frequently cause disturbed sleep, daytime fatigue, lack of energy for activity, and absenteeism from school and work.
There’s no cure for asthma, but the great news is that there is plenty that you can do to manage and improve the symptoms. Avoiding triggers such as allergens, tobacco smoke and air pollution is important aspect of improving control and preventing attacks, and medication for acute relief and long-term control is often beneficial. However, a third very important aspect is nutritional support to optimise lung health. Supplements for asthma work in a variety of ways to reduce the severity of the condition.
Green lipped mussel extract reduces day-time wheezing and peak expiratory flow (PEF). It assists in the management of atopic asthma due to its anti-inflammatory effect on the lung tissues. A recent study in New Zealand showed that the Green Lipped Mussel’s fatty acid content effectively reduced the severity of asthma symptoms in children, potentially reducing the amount of conventional steroid-based medication required to manage the condition.
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Its anti-inflammatory properties help relieve symptoms of asthma while its immune-modulating properties help fight various infections that worsen the symptoms of asthma. It also helps in preventing steroid dependence in asthmatics.
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Manuka Honey, contained within MIP Day Boost, has been proven to soothe and reduce the intensity of coughs, which makes it highly beneficial for any asthma sufferers. Although this is a relatively new discovery in the natural health world, initial studies have shown to be quite promising.