Kids whose moms took high doses of fish oil during their last three months of pregnancy were more likely to develop less chronic wheezing problems or asthma by 5, finds a new study. Fish oil lowers inflammation and ultimately tightens airways.
The research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that MOMs who consumed 2.4 grams long chain Omege-3 supplements during their third trimester of pregnancy where the baby’s lungs are maturing are found to be reduced the risk of asthma by 31 percent.
Long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids that include in Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) are present in cold water fish and gives the key in regulating the human immune response system.
Hans Bisgaard of COPSAC at the Copenhagen University Hospital said that the low intakes of omega-3 in western diet results in risking the increased rates of childhood asthma.
The study of the same was performed at the University of Waterloo in Canada in order to measure EPA and DHA level in pregnant women’s blood. Moreover, measurement of EPA and DHA level in the blood helps to provide an accurate and precise assessment of nutrient status.
Our labs have been uniquely equipped to measure fatty acids quickly with a precise result and also in a cost-efficient manner, he added.
Moreover, researchers analyzed blood samples of 695 Danish women at the 24 weeks of the gestation period and one week after delivery. Then, they monitored the health status of the kids till 5 years, which clinically shows the symptoms of age asthma risks.
Women with low levels of EDA and DHA at the beginning are benefiting more from the supplements.
Stark stated, “ We need to identify these women and provide them supplements. This should be considered as a front-line defense to cut childhood asthma”.
There is also some study going on related to preventing asthma through gene and Blood testing of moms.