Can fish consumption reduce asthma?
Especially nowadays more and more people suffer from asthma. Many children also suffer from this disease. Researchers have found that eating oily fish as part of a healthy diet can reduce the symptoms of asthma in children.
Researchers at the University of La Trobe have found in their current research that eating fish such as salmon, trout and sardines can reduce the symptoms of asthma in children. Doctors have published the results of their research in the English journal Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.
Fish in the treatment of childhood asthma?
An international research group found that children with asthma who ate a healthy, high-fat Mediterranean diet improved their lungs after six months. The results suggest that a healthy diet may be a potential treatment for childhood asthma.
The diet has a big influence on the risk of developing asthma
It is already known that a diet rich in fat, sugar and salt can affect the development and progression of childhood asthma. There is now evidence that the symptoms of asthma can be controlled through a healthy diet – says study author Maria Papamichael from the University of La Trobe.
Twice a week, the fish protects children from asthma
Fatty fish contain a lot of omega-3 fatty acids. They are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. The study shows that eating fish twice a week can help reduce childhood asthma. In addition to the traditional Mediterranean diet, which is rich in plant foods and fatty fish, it can be a simple, safe and effective way to alleviate the symptoms of asthma in children, experts explain.
Doctors are looking for new therapies to treat asthma
Asthma is the most common respiratory disease in young people and one of the main causes of hospital stays and visits to the emergency room. The global rate of asthma is very high. It is necessary to identify new therapies that can be used in parallel with conventional asthma medications.
What does fish eat for children?
The study included 64 children aged 5 to 12 years from Greece. All participants suffered from mild asthma. Patients were divided into two groups for examination. One group had to eat two meals of cooked fatty fish (at least 150 grams) per week for six months. The other children kept a normal diet. At the end of the study, doctors found that children in the group who regularly consumed fish had reduced bronchitis by 14 units. (IN)