Nutritional Supplement Therapy may improve immune response, lung function, and quality of life in allergic asthma patients

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The effects of nutritional supplement therapy on inflammation and immune system responses, oxidant‐ antioxidant status, pulmonary function, and health‐ related quality of life in patients with mild to moderate allergic asthma was examined in a pilot study involving 30 adult asthma patients. Each patient received daily multiple nutrient supplements for two months. Thirty other healthy adults, matched for age and gender, did not receive any supplements; they were the “controls” for the study. Scores for asthma control and quality of life ‐  including high‐ sensitivity C‐ reactive protein (hs‐ CRP), immunoglobulin E (IgE) and T‐ lymphocyte subsets, pulmonary function indices ‐  were assessed at baseline, at one month of treatment, and at two months of treatment, which was also the end of the study. 

 

At baseline, asthma patients had significantly higher scores for IgE, copper (Cu), and hs‐ CRP, and decreased selenium (Se), zinc (Zn), beta‐ carotene, vitamins C and E compared to healthy controls. During the study period, asthmatics showed increased pulmonary function and a trend toward lower IgE levels and markedly reduced levels of copper and hs‐ CRP, with increases in levels of selenium, zinc, beta‐ carotene, vitamins C and E, and enzymatic antioxidant activities. Also, their asthma control and health‐ related quality‐ of‐ life scores increased significantly by the end of the study.

 

Our results indicate that nutritional supplement therapy may improve dysregulated oxidant and antioxidant status, inflammation and immune responses, pulmonary function, and health‐ related quality of life in patients with mild to moderate allergic asthma.

 

We carry standardized, professional‐grade nutritional supplements that have many advantages over most popular or discounted brands. Ask us to recommend the preparation that is most appropriate for you.

 

Are you sensitive to additives in commercially available medications, such as dyes, lactose, sugar, alcohol, lactose or preservatives? Do you have dietary restrictions or preferences (i.e., diabetic or vegan)?

 

We can compound medications that are free of dyes, sugar, alcohol, lactose and preservatives . Also, for our vegetarian or vegan patients, we can compound a needed medication using cellulose capsules which are made from a plant source , versus gelatin capsules which are made from animal tissue.

 

References:

Int’l J of Pharmaceutical Compounding. Mar/Apr 2007; 11(2): 132‐5.

Int Arch Allergy Immunol. 2012;158(2):191‐5.

Altern Med Rev. 2012 Mar;17(1):42‐56.

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