‘Fish oil during pregnancy reduces chance of asthma in child
Women during the last trimester of their pregnancy, a high dose of fish oil to swallow, to reduce the chance that their children at a later age asthma develop.
More than seven hundred women participated in the research from the university of Copenhagen, which is published in The New England Journal of Medicine. This took the half fish oil and the other half placebos. A quarter of these women had asthma.
Of the children of the women that the supplement intakes, had 16,9 percent at the age of three asthma developed. In the children of women who a placebo took, this was 23,7 percent.
It was here, however, an additional high dose of fish oil: 2.4 grams per day, which is fifteen to twenty times the amount of consumers normally daily intake.
Women with low levels of EPA and DHA (both omega-3 fatty acids) in their blood seemed to have the most to benefit from the fish oil. 17.5 percent of them got a child that asthma developed. Of the women receiving a placebo took, this was to 34.1 percent, a difference of 16.6 percentage points.
The researchers who took part in the trial can not with certainty say that fish oil also indeed have this effect. Therefore, the research must be performed again, with the fish oil already in an earlier stage of the pregnancy is taken.
Globally more than 330 million children and adults suffer from asthma.