Innovative research suggests that caring for intestinal health may relieve symptoms in some asthmatics, such as wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath.
Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases that last a lifetime.
In the search for new forms of prevention, a group of researchers from the University of Newcastle, in South Wales, England, conducted a trial in which they provided daily supplements of soluble fiber to people suffering from asthma.
Later they began to observe the changes in the control of the asthma and the pulmonary function, while the microbiota or intestinal flora was modified and they verified how the intestinal alteration had a positive impact in the control of the typical symptoms of the disease.
How does this relationship occur? Thanks to the reduction of intestinal inflammation, respiratory tract inflammation also occurs. And although all asthmatics benefited from fiber consumption, the treatment was more effective in people who were poorly controlled at the beginning of the study, that is, with more accentuated symptoms.
The results of the study were presented for the first time on Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Annual Scientific Meeting of New Zealand, in Canberra, held at the Australian Thoracic Society (TSANZ).
Another study presented by the same group examined the impact of fatty foods on asthma: according to their findings, a single meal high in saturated fats can worsen inflammation and cause temporary narrowing of the airways.
Lead researcher Lisa Wood said: “More and more we are learning how our Westernized and highly processed diet is negatively impacting our health.”
“These studies show how high-fat diets can make asthma worse, and how, on the other hand, a diet high in soluble fiber can help control it,” Wood added.
“This is the first study to examine the effect of altering the gut microbiome to control asthma in people, and we are at the door of a new paradigm of how diet can be used to treat asthma,” said Professor Peter Gibson. President of TSANZ.
Then, prevention would be at our fingertips. This innovative finding offers hope for a viable treatment that could help millions of asthmatics around the world who struggle to control their symptoms with medication, according to the specialist.