Although additional studies are needed to clarify the impact of diet on asthma and allergy, some patterns have emerged. For example, there is evidence that a diet high in omega-6 fatty acids (found in margarine, for example) is associated with increased risk of childhood atopy and asthma. In contrast, consumption of omega-3 fatty acids (found in fresh oily fish) appears to have a protective effect. There also is evidence that consumption of antioxidant nutrients, including vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc, and selenium, is associated with reduced risk of asthma. Maternal intake of vitamin E during pregnancy may reduce the risk of childhood asthma. Maternal intake of oily fish (not fish sticks) also may help protect children from asthma, especially when the mother has a history of asthma.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Journal of Respiratory Diseases|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 1 2007|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine