FHN Complementary Medicine Monthly Newsletter July 2006
Magnesium to the rescue!
A study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2006 Jun 21 epub) just concluded an interesting study on Asthma in children and magnesium.
In a small scale (N=37) randomized , parallel , placebo controlled, double blind study asthmatic children and adolescent already receiving treatment with fluticasone, magnesium (300 mg/day) was added to the active group. The control group was given a placebo with the fluticasone. Intervention went on for two months. Salbutamol was available in both groups prn.
A metacholine challenge test (to induce an asthmatic response) was administered at beginning and end of the trial period. The results……….The magnesium group alone showed reduced reactivity to the metacholine, in addition skin sensitivity to known antigenic items reduced . Functional lung capacities remained the same in both.
I know that this is a small study but certainly bears a closer look.
Drs. Glenn and Julie Smith