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Anti-Asthma Soup Recipes for Asthma Prevention

Are you looking for soup recipes featuring foods that are suitable for asthma sufferers? This section of HealWithFood.org'sNutrition Guide to Fighting Asthma provides anti-asthma soup recipes that call for foods with asthma fighting properties.

Carrot, Tomato and Lentil Soup

This carotenoid-rich soup is suitable for asthmatics and can even help alleviate asthma symptoms. The carrots in this soup deliver a good wallop of beta-carotene while tomatoes provide a generous amount of lycopene. Beta-carotene is a fat soluble antioxidant that combats free radicals which cause contraction of airway smooth muscles. Lycopene, another carotenoid with high antioxidant activity, has been shown to be particularly effective at controlling exercise-induced asthma.
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Apple and Onion Soup

This soup recipe features apples and onions, two of the most concentrated natural sources of quercetin. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid that is known to possess strong antioxidant, anti-histamine, and anti-inflammatory properties which help alleviate asthma.
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Dairy-Free Spinach Soup

This delicious, vibrant green spinach soup draws on the health benefits of spinach. Research shows that people with a high intake of spinach generally have a lower risk of developing asthma. This is not surprising considering that spinach features a host of important asthma preventing nutrients, including beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and magnesium. It also has a substantial potassium content in proportion to its calorie content: a 100 calorie serving provides about 40% of the reference daily intake for this important asthma-fighting mineral.
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Beet and Carrot Soup

This recipe pairs carrots with beets to create a wonderful crimson soup that is chock-full of asthma fighting nutrients. Beets are packed with magnesium, which helps reduce constricted airways by relaxing the muscles around the bronchial tubes. Carrots, on the other hand, are one of the best dietary sources of the anti-asthma vitamin beta-carotene. In one study, women who consumed the most carrots were found to have a 20% lower risk of asthma than women with the lowest intakes.
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Simple Sweet Potato Ginger Soup

Sweet potatoes are one of the vegetables that are least likely to cause allergic reactions such as asthma attacks. What's more, sweet potatoes contain many compounds that may even help fight attacks triggered by other substances. Also the onions this recipe calls for may be helpful for people with asthma because of the high amount of quercetin onions contain. Furthermore, ginger may be helpful because it contains gingerols, strong anti-inflammatory substances that also give ginger its distinctive flavor.
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Tangy Tomato Soup with Basil

Tomatoes possess many properties that make them exceptional at preventing asthma and alleviating asthma symptoms. Their most interesting quality: they contain lycopene. In one study with 32 asthmatic adults, those who were given tomato extract rich in lycopene had a lower rate of lung inflammation than those who received a placebo. Lycopene from processed tomato products — such as the stewed tomatoes used in this soup — appears to be more bioavailable than lycopene from raw tomatoes. Also the basil this recipe calls for contributes to the asthma fighting power of this soup as it is rich in flavonoids which provide antioxidant protection.
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Broccoli and Barley Soup

Provided that you're not allergic or sensitive to gluten, this delicious and highly nutritious dish may help alleviate your asthma symptoms. The broccoli in this soup contains certain antioxidant compounds that help control the airway inflammation associated with bronchial asthma. The stewed tomatoes contain lycopene which has been shown to reduce lung inflammation. In addition, tomatoes are packed with the asthma-nutrients beta-carotene, vitamin C, and potassium. Also thyme and marjoram, which are used to add flavor to this soup, may be helpful for people with asthma as they contain ursolic acid which is thought to alleviate asthma by inhibiting histamine release from mast cells.
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Want More Recipes?

For more recipes that can help keep asthma symptoms at bay, visit the main recipe directory of HealWithFood.org's Guide to Fighting Asthma.

You may also be interested in taking a look at the section that provides more general diet tips on how to prevent and control asthma symptoms. Be also sure to check out the overview of the best anti-asthma foods.