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A food for thought: what should you eat to prevent your asthma triggers? Fruits are good sources of vitamins but some can set off allergic reactions. Stock your pantry with food items that are medically-proven to fight asthma.

Fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin C.

Popeye was right, spinach is the answer. Other than that, broccoli, bell pepper, and kale are good sources of ascorbic acid, too. Mangoes are often linked to asthma attacks. Opt for oranges, strawberries, blue berries, and melons as they neutralize free radicals.

Food rich in Vitamin E.

Tocopherol is an antioxidant which decreases the risk of asthma symptoms like wheezing and cough.

Add quercetin in your diet.

What’s up with the queer name when it’s an antioxidant, anti-histamine, and anti-inflammatory all rolled into one! Asthma sufferers can get their dose of this bioflavonoid by eating red onions, apples, red grapes, cherries, raspberry, and red wine.

Got herbs?

Apart from their culinary use, herbs like rosemary, peppermint, thyme, marjoram, and oregano are dietary sources of rosmaniric acid. The latter keeps the lungs for easier breathing.

Omega-3 Fats.

Oily food is a nemesis to an asthmatic. But Omega-3, the good fat, have anti-inflammatory properties. Sources of this essential fatty acid is found in salmon, cod, halibut, flaxseeds, and soy.

What to cut back.

Eat dairy products and egg sparingly. Salty food and those that are preserved in a can induce allergies. Don’t do Chinese takeout dinners every often because they contain a lot of monosodium glutamate. Other ingredients to look out for on the food label are: tartazine (artificial food coloring), benzoate (soft drinks), and anything with preservatives.

It is best to eat fresh and organic produce.

Don’t forget that there are other triggers such as dusts and mites, so make sure your home is clean with constant fresh air.

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