So mothers! keep your omega-3 supplementation high during pregnancy because it will affect your child’s health.
A study established that the intake of long chain fatty acids by mothers during the third trimester, reduces the risk of wheezing and other respiratory conditions in new born for up to the age of 5, published in New England Journal of Medicine. One would wonder why would a mother start eating chains? Well then again, that “one” is a noob and doesn’t know about “life(read: the study of life)” biology.
A Danish study on 736 women who were six months pregnant received either a fish oil capsule or a placebo capsule. After the pregnancy, the women in the treated group showed the reduction in the occurrence of asthma and wheezing in newborn until the age of 5 years, up to 7 points or one-third.
Previously, numerous studies have already shown that fish oil supplements have been participating in reducing the occurrences of heart conditions and stated their other health benefits but so far their contribution towards pregnancy in relation to respiratory conditions in offspring was unknown.
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are long chain of polyunsaturated fatty acids, the two main components of fish oil present in cold water fishes such as Salmon, mother’s diet rich of EPA and DHA seems to be a massive contributor in this respected field.
Without any mention, mothers avoid the direct intake of fish for it contain mercury which isn’t good for body as well.
As far as the results are concerned, they are promising and motivating towards health sector but there are many concerned factors such the right dose of the capsules, make sure if the result would replicate. A little more of research is needed to guarantee the long lasting benefits of these findings in mothers and babies.
Until then, Mothers! Eat Healthy J