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Mediterranean Diet Keeps Allergies at Bay

By kml     Apr 5, 2007 in Health
Children in the Greek Islands are less likely to suffer from allergies and asthma than children elsewhere, says a new study. Researchers in Britian suggest a Mediterraian diet, which is rich in fruits, veggies and nuts, may be the reason.
British scientist have done a survey in the Greek island and found from the parents of nearly 700 children about their dietary habits. They found that at least twice a day, eight out of 10 children ate fresh fruit, and two-thirds ate fresh vegetables.
These benefited them to be strongest in terms of respiratory problems. Those who have a habit of this type of diet were less likely to develop air or skin allergies, or asthma symptoms.
"Many adults and children suffer from allergies and asthma, their lungs constantly bombarded by foreign bodies, or allergens in the air. When these allergens — such as pollen and dust — enter the body, the immune system believes they are harmful. In an effort to protect itself, the body sends out antibodies to fight off the allergens."
There is also a side effect of this mechanism. The chemical which is responsible for the symptoms we link to allergies, such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, or a sore throat.
"What the body needs is a balance between what we breathe in, and the body's reaction," says study author Dr. Paul Cullinan, from the Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London.
"In Crete, hardly any children have allergies," Cullinan says. "One explanation is their diet."
Eating nuts also have a positive effect. The powerful pack of walnuts or almonds have the magnesium punch which can boost lung power and protect against asthma.
After learning this even i wanted to follow this diet for better health results.
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