A new study found that children whose mothers ate fish during pregnancy are less likely to suffer from asthma as children whose mothers took fish oil supplements.
Scientists have discovered that the use of high doses of omega-3 fatty acids in the third trimester of pregnancy may help protect children from developing breathing problems in early childhood.
“The consumption of 2-3 servings of fish with low mercury in a week not only can protect from asthma, and to improve the nutritional benefits for growth and development of infants,” said Richard Lockey, Professor of the University of South Florida in the United States.
The study involved three groups of women in their third trimester of pregnancy. The first group was daily consumption of omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil, the second group took a placebo and the third group ate either fish or fish oil.
The researchers found that children whose mothers entered in the first and the third group took less medication for asthma at the age of 24 than children whose mothers consumed a placebo.
The study was published in the journal “Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice”.
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