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A Nutritional Approach to Managing Exercise-Induced Asthma

Mickleborough, Timothy D.

Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews: July 2008 - Volume 36 - Issue 3 - p 135-144
doi: 10.1097/JES.0b013e31817be827

Exercise-induced asthma (EIA) is traditionally treated with the use of pharmacotherapy. However, there is now convincing evidence that a variety of dietary factors such as elevated omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and antioxidant intake, and a sodium-restricted diet can reduce this condition. New therapies that are safe, effective, and likely to be used by individuals with EIA are needed.

This review examines the evidence as to whether dietary modification represents a potentially beneficial treatment intervention for asthmatic individuals with exercise-induced asthma.

Department of Kinesiology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, United States

Address for correspondence: Timothy D. Mickleborough, Ph.D., FACSM, Department of Kinesiology, Indiana University, 1025 E. 7th St, HPER 112, Bloomington, IN 47401 (E-mail:

Accepted for publication: February 17, 2008

Associate Editor: Susan R. Hopkins, M.D., Ph.D.

©2008 The American College of Sports Medicine