Food, obesity affects asthma

California researchers suggest increasing magnesium intake and losing weight may help control asthma.

Food, obesity affects asthma
California researchers suggest increasing magnesium intake and losing weight may help control asthma.

The study, published in California Agriculture, linked the risk of asthma and severity of symptoms to diet, low magnesium levels and obesity.

Alexander Kazaks and Judith Stern of the University of California at Davis found that the diets of people who are overweight had less magnesium.

"Replacing low-magnesium foods with high-magnesium foods may be a practical, low-cost way to reduce asthma symptoms," Kazaks said in a statement. "It may also improve overall health."

When the subjects were broken down according to their weight and height ratios, it was very clear that the more overweight the subjects were, the more likely they were not eating foods that provide the recommended levels of magnesium, according to Stern.

"Further, the asthma subjects who were overweight and obese had significantly lower magnesium than the normal-weight asthma subjects," Stern said.

Magnesium, an antioxidant that fights cell damage, is found in a variety of foods -- including whole grains, green leafy vegetables, legumes and nuts.

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