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hour before exercise may reduce
exacerbations in some people. While
other antioxidant supplements cannot
be routinely recommended, a diet
rich in naturally occurring antioxidant
nutrients from fruit, vegetables and
wholegrains is well advised, and
should also provide magnesium.
In addition, regular consumption
of fish high in omega 3 fatty acids
may support the body’s natural
anti-inflammatory processes and
provide a dietary source of vitamin D.
Key learning points
• A therapeutic trial of 2 g vitamin
C one hour prior to exercise
may be warranted in patients
who experience exercise
• Ensure adequate but safe sun
• Consume a diet rich in naturally
occurring antioxidant nutrients from
fruit, vegetables and wholegrains
as well as omega 3 fatty acids
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