Children who eat fish once a week before they turn one ‘are up to 40 per cent less likely to develop eczema and asthma’, claim scientists.
Norwegian University of Science and Technology scientists examined the diets of hundreds of youngsters.
Results showed six-year-olds fed fish at least once a week as an infant were 28 and 40 per cent less likely to develop eczema and asthma, respectively.
Previous studies have also found that omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect which combats disease.
Asthma is caused by inflamed airways that get clogged with mucus. Inflammation also plays a role in eczema.
The authors claim the ballooning number of people suffering with these health issues are due to snacks loaded with polyunsaturated fatty acids which have lowered the amount of omega-3 acids being consumed. Try also our delicious Thai Style Fish Cakes recipe!
The study, led by Professor Torbjørn Øien of the university, analysed data from more than 4,000 six year olds.
This was compared with survey responses from their mothers, detailing how much fish the youngsters were fed.
Participants filled out four questionnaires – one during pregnancy, and the others when their child was aged six weeks, one year and two years.
Participating mothers were also quizzed on a range of lifestyle topics, such as smoking habits and financial status.
Data showed children who consumed oily fish at least once a week when they were one were five per cent less likely to develop eczema aged six.
They were also 28 and 17 per cent less likely to get asthma or wheeze, respectively, according to results published in the journal Nutrients.
Writing in the journal, the authors said: ‘The preventive effect of fish consumption is best achieved by increasing dietary fish in the first year of life.’
1 in 9 Australian’s suffer from Asthma, that’s around 2.7 million. While the rates in the UK are among the worst in Europe, with some 1.1 million children receiving treatment.
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