Cut kids’ risk of asthma, give them nuts and flaxseeds

Health & Fitness


If you haven’t included nuts, oily fish like salmon, flaxseeds and soybean oil in your children’s diet till now, do so now. These food items are likely to prevent risk of developing allergic diseases, especially asthma and rhinitis by teenage. Both asthma and rhinitis affects the kids since childhood, either due to hereditary or environmental factors.


The results, after a study was conducted, showed that the presence of an increased amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids such as omega-3 and an omega-6 fatty acid called arachidonic acid in the blood is associated with a reduced risk of allergic diseases among kids. Children who had higher blood levels of omega 3 at age 8 were less likely to have developed asthma or rhinitis by the time they turned 16.

High levels of an omega-6 fatty acid called arachidonic acid were associated with a reduced risk of asthma and rhinitis at 16. The team conducted a survey with the blood samples of 940 children and the study was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Among children with asthma or rhinitis at 8 years, higher blood levels of arachidonic acid were associated with a higher probability of being symptom-free at age 16 years. Previous studies have suggested omega-3 fatty acids helps in preventing Alzheimer’s and reduces the worsening of liver damages.

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