Fish oil during pregnancy reduces risk of childhood asthma

The health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids are well-known and range from lowering the risk of heart disease to protecting cognitive function. New research suggests that supplements of the unsaturated fat may have an additional benefit: they may lower the risk of childhood asthma.

A supplemental intake of fish oil during pregnancy may significantly reduce the risk of asthma in children.

Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the two major classes of polyunsaturated fat. They can be found in certain foods like flaxseed and fish, as well as in dietary supplements such as fish oil.

So far, research has indicated that omega-3 fatty acids - when consumed directly from food - have a variety of health benefits. A moderate consumption of seafood has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and has also been associated with a reduced risk of cognitive decline, Alzheimer's disease, and dementia. Click here to read more...

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