Washington D.C. [USA], Nov 18 (ANI): Here's another reason for you to eat more nuts">walnuts as a type of vitamin E, found in these nuts, may prevent the risk of asthma attacks by reducing airway inflammation.
This type has drawn little attention compared with alpha-tocopherol, the form most commonly found in vitamin E supplements.
Senior study author Professor Michelle Hernandez from the University of North's Carolina school of medicine said epidemiologic data suggested that people with high amounts of vitamin E in their diet were less prone to asthma and allergic disease.
The team randomly analysed participants into two groups, one that received gamma tocopherol supplement and other that received a placebo for two weeks.
They also underwent an lipopolysaccharide (LPS) challenge, which involves inhaling a substance that causes inflammation in the lung and then coughing up more sputum.
After a three-week period break, the findings indicated that when people were taking the vitamin E supplement, they had less eosinophilic inflammation.
Mucins are often elevated in asthmatics.
First study author Allison Burbank said that the supplement targeted the eosinophils - the main cells we worry most about in asthma treatment- was really telling.
The research appears in the Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology. (ANI)