Canadian researchers have discovered that taking certain Omega-3 fatty acid supplements during pregnancy can help reduce the likelihood of childhood asthma by nearly one third. The omega-3s are most commonly found in fish and are well-known for their anti-inflammatory properties. The study was conducted by examining blood samples from 695 women at the 24th week of pregnancy and again one week post-partum. Their offspring were then monitored for symptoms of asthma for the next 5 years. Women with low blood levels of EPA and DHA saw an even greater reduction in occurrences.
- certain Omega-3 fatty acid supplements during pregnancy can reduce the risk of childhood asthma by almost one third, says a study.
- Long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids, which include eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are found in cold water fish, and key to regulating human immune response.
- The testing also revealed that women with low blood levels of EPA and DHA at the beginning of the study benefited the most from the supplements.
“The testing also revealed that women with low blood levels of EPA and DHA at the beginning of the study benefited the most from the supplements.”