Fish Oil Pills While Pregnant Can Cut Asthma Risk

Studies show that kids whose mothers took higher amounts of pills containing fish oil during the last trimester of pregnancy are less likely to develop breathing issues due to asthma by the time they are five years old.

Over the years, asthma has been on the rise in different countries around the world. However, the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, which one can find in fish, has gone down. Early studies in certain pregnant woman show that the lack of omega-3 while pregnant affects the asthma risk in children.

No one knows why, but there is a theory that fish oil levels lower inflammation, which can constrict airways.

Fish Oil Study

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark conducted a study on 700 women taking 2.4g of fish oil or a placebo. During the last three months of pregnancy is the time when the babies’ lungs are maturing.

The researchers and moms did not know which pills were given until three years later. The mothers were notified after the child turned five years old.

The study had the mother’s record of their child’s lung issues lasting two days or more. They were told that this issue was persistent wheezing, and after three years old it is asthma.

Results show that seventeen percent of kids whose moms took fish oil during their last trimester ended up with some form of a breathing problem by the time they turned five. However, those who did not take it saw a reduced risk of getting pneumonia, bronchitis, and other infections in that category.

The kids with reduced risks had moms with lower omega-3 levels at the beginning of the study. Around 15 women would have to take the fish oil supplements to stop asthma or wheezing.

According to Dr. Christopher Ramsden of the U.S. National Institute of Health, the amount of fish oil used in the study was 15 to 20 times higher than the amount the average American consumes from food. More research is needed to make sure that the amount of oil used does not cause harm to their thought process, the way one behaves, or any other aspects of health.