27 March 2017

Food as medicine

Dr Alie de Boer – a food scientist at University College Venlo, a satellite campus of Maastricht University – recently published an article in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition. Based on a comprehensive literature study, she revealed the importance of omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E in managing chronic inflammatory lung diseases, such as COPD and autoimmune sarcoidosis. 'There is a prolonged and intense use of medication in this growing group of patients,' explains De Boer. 'As a result, patients are building up resistance and experiencing side effects. The use of food or supplements in combination with the proper medication would be a huge step forward. It really is very promising.'