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Apple juice may prevent asthma

29th May 2007

A study has found that children who drink apple juice once a day could have a lower risk of developing asthma symptoms.


The research, published in the European Respiratory Journal, showed that a child who drank apple juice "at least once a day" was 50% less likely to suffer "wheezing" symptoms than a child who drank it less than once every month. Wheezing symptoms can indicate that a child has an elevated risk of developing asthma.

The study, headed by Professor Peter Burney at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, studied nearly 2,700 primary school children in London. Parents answered questions regarding the amount of fruit and vegetables their child ate.

The study found that eating whole apples appeared to have no effect. Professor Burney said: "It's probably dose-related, and the children drink more of the content from apples through juice than by eating the fruit."

He commented that 'phytochemicals' in apples might help to reduce inflammation which is associated with both wheezing and asthma.

Children who ate bananas cut their risk of wheezing symptoms by about one third. Professor Burney said: "Further studies are needed to confirm the protective effects of apple juice from concentrate and bananas."

The study follows research published in May suggesting that pregnant women who ate apples during pregnancy could help to protect their children from developing asthma.


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