Plant-based diets help prevent and treat asthma, in step with a review published in Nutrition in Clinical Care. Researchers from the Physicians Committee examined the evidence associated with asthma and dietary factors among adults and kids.
The prevalence of asthma rose over the years as high-fat, Westernized diets increased in popularity. Diets that emphasize fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes and minimize saturated fat reduce the chance for asthma and will improve asthma control.
The authors note the positive effects of consuming plant-based diets rich in antioxidants and fiber on factors including inflammation, oxidation, and gut microbiota as possible mechanisms. Dairy consumption was found to extend the chance for asthma and to worsen symptoms in asthma patients. Additional dietary interventions would further highlight the role of nutrition in prevention and treatment.