Twin Cities Edition
Bookmark and Share Email this page Email Print this page Print Feed Feed

Prenatal Omega-3 Reduces Kids’ Asthma Risk

Supplement for Expectant Mothers

dangdumrong/Shutterstock.com

Researchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Denmark, discovered expectant mothers that take omega-3 supplements while pregnant reduce the risk that their babies will develop asthma.

Analyzing blood samples from 695 Danish women at 24 weeks of gestation and again one week after birth, the study tested the levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—long-chain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, fish oil and DHA-algae supplements—in the women’s blood. The health of the babies was monitored for five years and compared with the blood analysis. The children of the mothers given  2.4 grams of long-chain omega-3 supplements during their third trimester displayed an overall 31 percent reduced risk of developing asthma.

“Asthma and wheezing disorders have more than doubled in Western countries in recent decades,” explains Professor Hans Bisgaard, of the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood at the hospital. “We now have a preventative measure to help bring those numbers down.”


This article appears in the May 2017 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Healing Power in Your Hands

The lymphatic system is a one-way system in the body that runs from head to heart, hands to heart and feet to heart.

Psinergy Hosts Free Weekly Series

Psinergy Natural Health and Holistic Wellness has begun hosting a free weekly event, the “What is…” series, held 6:30 p.m., every Wednesday, at their St. Paul office near Como Park.

Letter from the Publisher

I am a collector of quotes. I have notebooks filled with inspirational words and whole passages that inspire, comfort and uplift. I continually add to the collection and don’t expect I’ll ever stop. It’s not that I go looking for them, but I read (a lot) and somehow they find me...

Joyful Connections Presents the Spring Connection Collection

Amy Nesdahl, owner of Joyful Connections, has launched a series of classes presented by a variety of practitioners called the Spring Connection Collection.

Mazopiya Shop Local Event May 20

Mazopiya, a natural food market, hosts a free Shop Local Event, from noon to 4 p.m., on May 20, at their location in Prior Lake.

Add your comment: