A type of vitamin E found in nuts may prevent asthma attacks by reducing airway inflammation.
Sufferers of the common breathing condition taking it as part of a US study were also found to have less sticky mucus in their lungs. Experts say the findings raise the possibility of asthma being kept under control by changing diet or taking a supplement.
The form of vitamin E that brought these beneficial effects is gamma-tocopherol, which is abundant in nuts such as walnuts and pecans and in the legume peanut, as well as seed oils such as corn, soybean and sesame.
This type has drawn little attention compared with alpha-tocopherol, the form most commonly found in vitamin E supplements.
'We started looking into vitamin E because epidemiologic data suggested that people with high amounts of vitamin E in their diet were less prone to asthma and allergic disease,' said senior study author Professor Michelle Hernandez from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
Source - Daily Mail