Using Diet to Help Control Asthma

You may have heard claims that changing your diet may help control your asthma symptoms. However, much more study needs to be done on this topic before we know whether there is any connection. Some studies have suggested a connection between vitamin C and improved breathing ability, while others have not been able to confirm these results.

It is a fact that certain foods and additives can trigger asthma flare-ups in people with specific food allergies. A diet free of those food or additives is vital to reduce or eliminate asthma symptoms connected to your specific triggers.

Written by Karen Serrano, MD

Emergency Medicine resident at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Reviewed by Lisa V. Suffian, MD

Instructor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy and Pulmonary Medicine at Saint Louis Children's Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine

Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, Saint Louis University

Board certified in Allergy and Immunology

Last updated June 2008