Fibre may help relieve asthma

Soluble fibre may help asthma patients by getting gut bacteria to produce anti-inflammatory fatty acids that work on the lungs, according to NSW researchers.

Improvements in asthma control were seen in a pilot study of a dietary approach using the soluble fibre supplement inulin in 17 patients, according to results presented at the annual meeting of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand in Canberra on Sunday.

Lead researcher Professor Lisa Wood who leads the nutrition program within the Priority Research Centre for Asthma and Respiratory Diseases, University of Newcastle, said the randomised