Nutritional issues and asthma

Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2000 Jan;6(1):86-9. doi: 10.1097/00063198-200001000-00015.


The effect of diet in determining the etiology and clinical severity of asthma is uncertain. Epidemiologic studies suggest that antioxidants, magnesium, and fat consumption may have an important role in etiology, though the relative importance of these individual nutrients is unclear. Interventional studies are beginning to help clarify the importance of diet in patients with asthma, and early studies suggest that antioxidants in particular may be beneficial.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antioxidants / therapeutic use
  • Asthma / etiology
  • Asthma / physiopathology*
  • Diet / adverse effects
  • Dietary Fats / adverse effects
  • Fatty Acids / adverse effects
  • Humans
  • Magnesium / adverse effects
  • Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / physiology*
  • Obesity / complications
  • Oxidants / adverse effects


  • Antioxidants
  • Dietary Fats
  • Fatty Acids
  • Oxidants
  • Magnesium