Winter is well upon us in most parts of the world in the northern hemisphere. Winter means different things to different people. To some, it means an attack of asthma or bronchitis or both. The woes are unlimited and include coughing, a running nose and a general sense of feeling miserable. I didn’t realize till recently that Asthma is often an inflammation of your body. It, therefore, has to be treated as one. A few years ago, it was traditional for me to contract asthma in winter and suffer incessantly. As my body healed, my asthma disappeared.

Till I could reduce the inflammation from my body, I would resort to using suppressants. The role of the suppressants was to reduce the action of asthma and its resultant coughing, shortness of breath or equivalent. New research done at the UNC School of Medicine is throwing up an alternative. The use of Vitamin E instead of albuterol, the medication that is commonly used. The research is showing that a type of Vitamin E, known as gamma tocopherol may reduce inflammation of the airways common in patients with asthma. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that acts as an anti-inflammatory as well.

Participants in the study showed a remarkable improvement in their asthma attacks with fewer mucins or mucus and a clearer lung. There breathing improved and their ability to respond to conventional triggers such as allergens or pollution was markedly improved. Asthma is a long-term inflammation of the airways characterized by wheezing and coughing, and attacks can happen twice a day or even a few times a week. I was forced to take steroids as the coughing began to damage the muscles of my lungs. The change in my diet which included large doses of Vitamin E helped me give up all medication and healed my body. If you are asthmatic, there is hope for you too.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.