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Eating a plant-based diet can ‘help prevent asthma and manage symptoms’, new research shows.

According to a recent study published in Nutrition Reviews, diets ’emphasizing the consumption of plant-based foods might protect against asthma development and improve asthma symptoms through their effects on systemic inflammation, oxidation, and microbial composition’

It also states that increased fruit and vegetable intake, along with reduced animal product consumption, and weight management ‘might mediate cytokine release, free radical damage, and immune responses involved in the development and course of asthma’.

While foods high in saturated fat, as well as dairy, were found to worsen asthma and increase one’s odds of developing the condition.

‘A powerful tool’

“Asthma can make people more vulnerable in the coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak and this research offers hope that dietary changes could be helpful,” said researcher Hana Kahleova from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in the US.

“This groundbreaking research shows that filling our plates with plant-based foods, and avoiding dairy products and other high-fat foods, can be a powerful tool for preventing and managing asthma.”

You can find out more about Asthma and plant-based diets here

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.