Shopping List for Asthma

Below are items which have been demonstrated through scientific or clinical studies to have significant positive effects on asthma symptoms. These are provided for educational and research purposes only. As always, be mindful of any allergies you may have and consult with your physician before starting any regimen in addition to your prescribed therapy.

  • Fiber supplement (e.g. inulin, psyllium husk)
  • Vitamin D3
  • Omega-3 fatty acid sources (plant-based): walnuts, almonds, flaxseed, chia seeds, hemp seed, edamame, seaweed, algae; 
  • Omega-3 fatty acid sources (non-plant based): salmon, tuna, herring, anchovies, eggs
  • Cod liver oil, flaxseed oil, and/or hemp oil
  • Black seed oil
  • Mediterranean diet items (fruits, beans (cannellini, chickpeas, fava, green, kidney and navy), almonds, coucous, lentils, pistachios, quinoa, farro, oats; cinnamon, rosemary, paprika, basil, mint leaves,  olive oil, oregano, thyme, vinegar, tahini; salmon, sardines, tuna, chicken, eggs, beef, goat, and lamb)


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