Asthma Nutrients and Herbs

Nutrients

SUPPLEMENT SUGGESTED DOSAGE COMMENTS
Fish oil 1,000 mg twice daily, before meals. A source of essential fatty acids needed for production of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins.
Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) 50 mg 3 times daily. The antistress vitamin.
Selenium 100 mcg daily. Blood levels are low in asthmatics.
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids 1,500 mg 3 times daily.
Caution: If you have a history of kidney stones or hemochromatosis, do do not take vitamin C at this dosage level.
Needed to protect lung tissue and keep down infection. Also increases air flow and fights inflammation.
Zinc lozenges Do not take over 100 mg daily. Can shorten an attack or halt one before it becomes severe.
Betaine hydrochloride with pepsin As directed on label, or as prescribed by physician. Combats malabsorption problems leading to “leaky gut syndrome.”
Coenzyme Q10
100 mg daily. Has the ability to counter histamine.
Magnesium 750 mg daily. May stop the acute asthmatic episode by increasing the vital capacity of the lungs. Has a dilating effect on the bronchial muscles. Use chelate or asporotate forms.
plus calcium 1,500 mg daily.
Multivitamin and mineral complex As directed on label. Necessary for enhanced immune function. Use a high-potency formula.
with selenium 200 mcg daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 40 mcg daily. A powerful destroyer of free radicals created from air pollutants.
and vitamin B12
2000 mcg daily
Bee pollen Start with a few granules at a time and slowly work up to 2 tsp daily. Strengthens the immune system. Use raw crude pollen, preferably produced within 10 miles of your home.
Caution: Bee pollen may cause an allergic reaction in some individuals. Discontinue use if a rash, wheezing, discomfort, or other symptom occurs.
Coenzyme A from Coenzyme-A Technologies As directed on label. Promotes detoxification of dangerous substances from the immune system.
Dimethylglycine (DMG) (Aangamik DMG from FoodScience of Vermont) As directed on label twice daily. Improves oxygenation in lung tissue.
Glucosamine sulfate As directed on label. Important for regulation of mucous secretions of the respiratory tract.
or N-Acetylglucosamine (N-A-G from Source Naturals) As directed on label.
Kelp 2,000-3,000 mg daily for 21 days, then reduce to 1,000-1,500 mg daily. For minerals in balanced amounts.
L-cysteine 500 mg twice daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg vitamin B6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption. Repairs lung tissue and reduces inflammation.
Pycnogenol As directed on label. Powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
or grape seed extract As directed on label.
S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe) As directed on label. Reduces stress and eases depression. Promotes a sense of well-being.
Caution: Do not use if you have bipolar mood disorder or take prescription antidepressants. Do not give to a child under twelve.
Urban Air Defense from Source Naturals As directed on label. Contains many of the necessary nutrients listed in this table, including vitamins A, C, and E, plus herbs and minerals.
Vitamin D 600 IU daily. Needed for repair of tissues.

Herbs

❑ Asthma-X5 from Olympian Labs is an herbal combination formula containing coleus forskohlii, feverfew, ginger, green tea, licorice root, lobelia, Mormon tea, schisandra berries, and skullcap. The recommended dosage is 500 to 1,000 milligrams, three times daily. For best results, use for about eight weeks.

Cautions: Do not use feverfew when pregnant or nursing. People who take prescription blood-thinning medications should consult a health care provider before using feverfew, as the combination can result in internal bleeding. Green tea contains vitamin K, which can make anticoagulant medications less effective. Consult your health care professional if you are using them. The caffeine in green tea could cause insomnia, anxiety, upset stomach, nausea, or diarrhea. Licorice root should not be used during pregnancy or nursing. It should not be used by persons with diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or a history of stroke.

❑ ClearLungs from RidgeCrest Herbals is a Chinese herbal formula designed to reduce inflammation and mucus, opening up the airways to the lungs and promoting free breathing. Take 2 capsules twice daily.
❑ Lobelia extract is helpful during an asthma attack; it is a bronchial-soothing muscle relaxant and expectorant.

Caution: Lobelia is only to be taken under supervision of a health care professional as it is potentially toxic. People with high blood pressure, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, seizure disorders, or shortness of breath should not take lobelia. Pregnant and lactating women should avoid lobelia as well.

❑ Boswellia, an Indian herb (also known as frankincense), in studies was shown to reduce asthma symptoms and reduce the number of attacks.

❑ Mullein oil is said to be a powerful remedy for bronchial congestion. The oil stops coughs, unclogs bronchial tubes, and helps clear up asthma attacks. Users say that when they take it in tea or fruit juice, the effect is almost immediate.
❑ Pau d’arco acts as a natural antibiotic and reduces inflammation. Drink 3 cups of pau d’arco tea daily.
❑ Proponents of the East Indian mind-body-earth philosophy called Ayurveda recommend the following herbs for people with asthma: vasaka (Adhatoda vasica) relieves cough, bronchitis, and other asthmatic symptoms; boswellia (Boswellia serrata), to relieve pain and inflammation; and tylophora (Tylophora indica) for respiratory relief. Sabinsa Corporation is a good source of these Ayurvedic herbs.
❑ Other herbs beneficial for asthma include echinacea, licorice root, and slippery elm bark tablets. Licorice root, ginger root, and elderberry open up the respiratory tract.

Cautions: Do not take echinacea for longer than three months. It should not be used by people who are allergic to ragweed. Licorice root should not be used during pregnancy or nursing. It should not be used by persons with diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or a history of stroke.