People who suffer from asthma and seasonal allergies often dread the arrival of Spring and the subsequent release of pollen and molds from plants and flowers.
Attacks can happen frequently, in an instant, and often severe. Symptoms include sneezing, watery and itchy eyes, wheezing and blocked sinuses.
Amongst its numerous health benefits, consuming wheat germ may actually be able to prevent and/or relieve some of these debilitating symptoms.
Asthma and Diet
Asthma and related seasonal allergies are on the rise, and studies suggest our diet has a lot to do with this trend. A lack of natural foods in our diet such as fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds, plus too much processed foods is increasing asthma problems and the number of new cases.
Diet alone should not be solely used to replace asthma medications, but eating more of these natural foods that contain nutrients and antioxidants, enable asthma sufferers to manage their condition much better.
Essential Fatty Acids
Wheat germ, especially wheat germ oil contains high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are essential for many bodily functions and can be converted in your body to produce compounds that can help reduce inflammation of the lungs. Less inflamed lungs will help you breathe easier.
Vitamin E Benefits
Amongst its many vital roles in the body, vitamin E is needed to help protect every cell in the body from the effects of free radical damage.
Sometimes the body’s cells react and cause inflammatory compounds that release and contribute to the effects of asthma. Just 1 tablespoon of wheat germ is enough to provide you with over 100% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin E.
Studies have shown that a lack of the mineral magnesium in the body is linked to more severe asthma symptoms.
Magnesium is needed to support the contraction and relaxation of the bronchi which carries air to the lungs. A deficiency may impair lung function, cause wheezing and airway spasms.
Wheat germ is a very good source of magnesium, as are nuts, seeds, leafy green vegetables, legumes and prunes.
Who would have guessed that wheat germ can improve your symptoms of asthma and seasonal related allergies?!
Although wheat germ itself is not a cure, it is certainly worth knowing how it can benefit you, even though it may only be in a small way.
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