Relation among 6 foods and allergy
The content of this article comes from a company’s request for my advisory services on foods and allergy by means of those elements that could help to prevent allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and asthma. Such work was not published by such company because the content did not serve their commercial interests, and instead they published by all means the content that they were selling to their clients, regardless of the scientific publications. I invite my patients and readers to read critically the content published by non-professionals on food and Allergy.
There are indeed a number of common foods that are capable of modifying the allergic response, but it is important to take into consideration that it may be quite easy to get confused when looking for such data on the internet, since many of the results are obtained in laboratories and may not have the same effect in real humans, largely because our body transforms these food components in order to absorb them, or because the amount of food used in those experiments are much higher than those found in a normal diet
Foods with proven efficacy:
1. Apple : There is evidence in several studies including a large number of patients that ingesting at least 2 to 5 apples per week, including the skin, produces a reduction in the number of asthmatic patients. Although it has been speculated with several of its components as the cause of such results, in reality we do not know which is responsible, we only know that it works. It is theoretically possible that the Fuji variant is slightly better in improving the risk of developing asthma in a future..
2. Turmeric : Reduction in symptoms of allergic rhinitis has been shown at the dose of 500mg / day for at least two months. Although there are no studies on asthma, its theoretical effect is probable.
3. Fish and flax oil : Omega-3 fatty acids are found in large quantities in blue fish and flax oil. There are studies where the intake of fish oil during pregnancy has been able to modulate the presence of eczema and asthma in the future child. Furthermore, the prevalence of asthma is higher in those children with a deficient intake of fish, and a correct intake of omega-3 fatty acids must be ensured. The results of these supplements are however nonexistent in adults.
Foods with possible / doubtful efficacy:
1. Ginger: Based on a single Iranian study, it may slightly improve rhinitis symptoms.
2. Garlic: There are laboratory studies that could demonstrate moderate efficacy, although unfortunately they do not exist in humans.
3. Vitamin C: Present in many foods, there are studies both for and against the improvement of allergic symptoms, although its consumption is essential in a balanced diet. VitaminC-HealthProfessional/
How to obtain more information about foods and allergy?
Although Dr. Tito Rodriguez is not an expert in foods and allergy, you can ask questions regarding this topic through our contact form and I will gladly answer them for free.
On the contrary, I can help to those patients with food allergy diseases such as allergy to peanuts, milk, eggs and fruits such as kiwi, mango, melon among others. If you have a food allergy problem, do not hesitate to request an appointment and Dr. Tito Rodríguez will try to solve your problem
Please, I encourage patients to read twice the published information about this topic, as it is quite easy to publish unconfirmed content on the web, but it requires long time to hardly research about what has been really proven in large-scale studies involving thousands of patients where different foods intake are compared by means of the relationship between foods and allergy.