Sulforaphane is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phyto- chemical also found in other cruciferous vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, bok choy, kale, collards, broc- coli sprouts, arugula, and watercress.

6. Fish Oil Many studies show that fish oil relieves chronic inflammation like that found in asthma. In one study of 20 asthmatic patients, researchers compared fish oil to montelukast (brand name Sin- gulair). Montelukast is a drug used to prevent the wheezing and shortness of breath caused by asthma. The subjects were randomly assigned to receive either 10

mg of montelukast tablets or 10 fish oil capsules totaling 3.2 g EPA and 2.0 g DHA every day for three weeks. Thereafter all the subjects received both treatments together for another three weeks. Results showed that montelukast and fish oil were equally effective (and fish oil was slightly better) at reducing airway inflammation.

7. Pine Bark Pycnogenol® is a standardized extract of French maritime

pine bark with anti-inflammatory properties. Italian researchers compared it to the use of corticosteroid inhalers for relieving asthma symptoms. A total of 76 patients used an inhaler. Half the group also received 50 mg of Pycnogenol morning and eve- ning.

After six months 55 percent of the Pycnogenol patients were

able to reduce their inhaler use compared to only six percent of the control patients. In addition, none of the Pycnogenol patients had a worsening condition but 18.8 percent of the inhaler-only group deteriorated. Researchers concluded that Pycnogenol was effective for better control of allergic asthma and reduced the need for medication.

Also, Pycnogenol is effective to help manage mild-to-mod-

erate childhood asthma. In a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study, 60 subjects, aged 6-18 years old, were given either Pycnogenol or placebo. After three months, the Pycono- genol group had significantly more improvement in lung func- tions and asthma symptoms. They were also able to reduce or stop their use of rescue inhalers more often than the placebo group.

8. Vitamin B6 In a double-blind study of 76 asthmatic children, patients

received 200 mg daily of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). After five months researchers found vitamin B6 led to significant improve- ments in asthma symptoms and reduction in dosage of broncho- dilators and cortisone.

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