Strong mussels

I know I’ve mentioned this here before, but I suffered from asthma as a child.

In fact, the condition means enough to me that I dedicated an entire book to the subject. (Aptly titled The Allergy and Asthma Cure, because I firmly believe you CAN rid yourself of this condition for good.)

So when I come across news like this, I just have to share it with you.

A recent study shows that a unique source of omega-3s–the New Zealand green-lipped mussel–can boost lung function in asthmatics.

This particular form of green-lipped mussel provided 72 mg of omega-3 from EPA and 48 mg from DHA–an extremely low dose. (As I’m always saying, you need to get 3,000 mg of EPA and DHA to get the best benefits.)

But even at this low dose, the benefits were certainly significant.

All of the study subjects had diagnosed asthma, along with a documented history of exercise-induced asthma. None were on medication aside from the use of rescue inhalers.

Ultimately, results showed a 59 percent improvement among subjects taking the green-lipped mussel supplement. Which I’d say is really encouraging for the many asthmatics in the world.

Here in the U.S., asthma is the leading cause of death from a respiratory illness. It’s a primary reason behind countless emergency room visits–not to mention lost days of school and work.

So needless to say, asthma isn’t something you should take lightly.

Unfortunately, though, most of the asthma drugs have inherent risks associated with them. And I mean serious risks, including bone loss and diabetes.

Taking green-lipped mussel might be one way that asthmatics can reduce their dependence on medication. Suffice it to say that’s a really good thing.

Another cheap and easy solution is vitamin C. It’s one of the only other nutrients with some science behind it when it comes to exercise-induced asthma. Taking 2 grams immediately before exercise can dramatically reduce your symptoms.

Marine lipid fraction PCSO-524(tm) (lyprinol(r)/omega XL(r)) of the New Zealand green lipped mussel attenuates hyperpnea-induced bronchoconstriction in asthma. Respir Med. 2013 May 6. pii: S0954-6111(13)00139-X.