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Omega-3 is a good natural remedy for childhood asthma prevention

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Researchers say that childhood asthma can be prevented with omega-3 supplements.


Childhood asthma is a very serious condition which can severely undermine the well being of kids. Researchers have found omega-3 supplements can help prevent childhood asthma.

Childhood asthma can be prevented with omega-3 supplements

The University of Waterloo reports childhood asthma can be prevented with omega-3 supplements. The risk of getting childhood asthma can be decreased by about 33 percent if mothers take certain omega-3 fatty acid supplements while they are pregnant.

Researchers from the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood and the University of Waterloo observed that women who were given 2.4 grams of long-chain omega-3 supplements while they were pregnant during
the third trimester decreased the risk of their children getting asthma by 31 per cent. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are long-chain omega-3 fatty acids which are found in cold water fish. They are important for regulation of the human immune response.

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Professor Hans Bisgaard of COPSAC at the Copenhagen University Hospital says it has been suspected for a long time
that there is an association between the anti-inflammatory properties of long-chain omega-3 fats, the poor consumption of omega-3 in Western diets and the increasing rates of childhood asthma. It has been proven by this study that they are associated.

Asthma and wheezing disorders have increased dramatically in Western countries

This finding is very significant in view of the rising rates of asthma. Professor Bisgaard has pointed out that asthma and wheezing disorders have increased dramatically in Western countries during recent decades. At this time about 20 percent of young kids suffer from asthma or an associated disorder prior to school age.

This study has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers have found decreased consumption of nāˆ’3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFAs) may be a factor which is contributing to the rising rates of wheezing disorders. It has been observed that supplementation with nāˆ’3 LCPUFA during the third trimester of pregnancy lowered the absolute risk of persistent wheeze or asthma and infections of the lower respiratory tract babies by about a third. This is a very significant breakthrough in dealing with childhood asthma.