Keto Diet: A Possible Aide to Asthma Sufferers

Asthma is a respiratory condition that causes serve constriction of the airways (specifical bronchi of the lungs). Individuals who are asthmatic experience hypersensitivity (overly sensitive)  to certain allergens. While a normal non-asthmatic individual may only experience small inflammation from interaction with a specific allergen, the immune system of asthmatic patients overreacts, leading to inflammation/increased swelling and mucus build up in the airways, making it difficult to breathe.

A new study published on April 7th in the journal Immunology has taken this one step further and investigated the possible health benefits of keto for asthma and allergy sufferers.

Innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) play a major role in barrier immunity (a section of the innate immune system that is responsible for basic immune defense; barrier immune cells respond to pathogens but do not directly respond to infections). Continue reading…