Fish oil,Asthma,Pregnancy,Wheeze,Omega-3 fatty acid,Developed country

Fish oil pills for pregnant moms may cut asthma risk in kids

December 29, 2016
by AP
in Kids

NEW YORK — Children whose moms took high doses of fish oil during their last three months of pregnancy were less likely to develop chronic wheezing problems or asthma by age 5, finds a study that suggests a possible way to help prevent this growing problem. Asthma cases have been rising in developed countries, while consumption of omega-3 fatty acids like those found in fish has decreased. Some earlier studies suggested that omega-3 deficiency during pregnancy may affect asthma risk in babies, but they were too small to be definitive. It’s not known why this may be — one theory is that fish oil lowers inflammation, which can tighten airways. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark did a rigorous test, assigning about 700 women to take 2.4 grams a day of a supplement containing two types of fish oil, or look-alike pills of olive oil, in their third trimester of pregnancy, when babies’ lungs are maturing. Neither the moms nor the researchers knew who...

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