Pre- and probiotics for asthma

People with asthma take pharmaceuticals to reduce airway inflammation, but these can cause side effects.

In this study, 29 people with stable asthma fasted for 12 hours while not taking short- or long-acting medications, then ate a placebo meal of mashed potatoes or one containing 3.5 grams of inulin prebiotic soluble fiber plus L. rhamnosus in about 6 ounces of low-fat, probiotic yogurt. Four hours after the meal, the inulin group had several signs of lower inflammation, and improved lung function, while the mashed potato group had not changed. Doctors said inulin is a safe, less costly way to help manage asthma and reduce pharmaceutical side effects.

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