Introducing fish or cod liver oil to children may reduce the risk of eczema and asthma

As someone who’s allergic to seafood, I found this article interesting.

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and St. Olavs Hospital researchers came together to conduct a study involving eczema.

With more than 4,000 families participating, researchers gathered data on the relationship between a mother’s or child’s fish intake within from pregnancy up until the second year of life. They then looked at the child’s risk of developing eczema, asthma, or hay fever by six.

After being published in the Nutrients journal, the studies showed:

  • children that consumed fish at least once a week from age one to two, had a 28% lower risk of eczema
  • 40% lower risk of asthma
  • and 34% lower risk of wheezing
  • *all by the time they were six years of age

It’s important to note there were no findings on the mother’s fish or cod liver oil intake and the child’s risk of allergies.

Researchers suggested that a child’s fish intake should increase during their first year of life, to help protect against conditions such as eczema and asthma. Especially because they’ve seen a shift in lifestyle changes, and eating seafood isn’t as common.

*Although, I’m thinking this could be due to the high levels of mercury.

“It seems that eating all types of fish provides a health benefit, not just fatty fish,” added senior author Melanie Rae Simpson.


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