Fish oil taken during pregnancy can help prevent asthma in children

Child-birth is one of nature’s great wonders and is a time that every parent will cherish.

But soon that love can turn to fear.

For any parent, the thought of their young or new-born child wheezing or struggling to breathe would give them sleepless nights. If this were you, you’d surely jump at the chance to avoid this terrible reality, right?

Well, you may be in luck.

A recent study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, has shown that pregnant women who supplemented with 2.4g of fish oil per day were able to reduce the chances of their children suffering from persistent wheezing or asthma within the first three years of their life.

The women taking fish oil were able to reduce their child’s risk of persistent wheezing or asthma by a third (30.7%), compared to the control group.

But that’s not all – the mother who took fish oil also reduced the risk of lower respiratory tract infections in their children.

Although this isn’t being hailed as a sure-fire way to protect your child from wheezing or asthma, it certainly shows that taking an omega-3 rich supplement could help reduce their risk.

But the benefits of omega-3 don’t stop there.

There is strong evidence to support omega-3’s use in reducing the symptoms of pain and inflammation in sufferers of autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and psoriasis.

Brand new research also points to its use in protecting the brain following injury.

Researchers from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Centre have shown for the first time how the protein, neuroprotectin D1 (NPD1), which is produced from omega-3 fatty acid, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), upregulates a protein called Iduna which prevents cell death during periods of oxidative stress, for example during a stroke.

So, at the very least you should try to eat two portions of fish a week, ideally oily fish like salmon, mackerel or herring.

Alternatively if you’re not a lover of fish, be sure to take a quality omega-3 supplement like Eskimo-3 – the recommended dosage being one to two capsules each day with meals.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dominic Rees
Editorial Health Researcher