A new study has revealed a potential link between asthma symptoms in inner-city kids and the amount of omega-3s they consume.
There is currently an almost endless amount of discussion about the damage the human race has done to the planet. Between our incessant use of fossil fuels and discarding plastic into our oceans, the not-so-distant future looks pretty bleak. However, what about the damage we are doing to ourselves in the process?
We're all very aware of the damage we do to ourselves by smoking, drinking alcohol, and eating fatty foods, but what about by merely living in a built-up area? Air pollution in large cities has been shown to both heighten the risk of developing asthma and cause it to be more severe, reports NPR. Aside from moving to the countryside for a quieter, potentially asthma-free life though, there isn't really much we can do about that.
A new study undertaken by academics at Johns Hopkins University has discovered something else that might well relieve asthma symptoms. Eating fish. Well, more specifically, making sure you consume enough omega-3 fatty acids. The anti-inflammatory effect of omega-3s gave those in charge of the study the idea that it might well help relieve asthma symptoms in children.
The study involved measuring two different types of air pollution. Their research discovered that children who consumed more omega-3s were more resilient to the effects of that air pollution. Due to Americans consuming more omega-6s then omega-3s, on average, they also looked into their effects too. Omega-6s are found in processed foods and, unsurprisingly, only seemed to exacerbate asthma symptoms.
Due to the research undertaken being entirely based on observation alone, it cannot be categorically said one way or the other what effect omega-3s and 6s have on children with asthma. This isn't the only study done into this sort of thing, though. There have been numerous studies in the past that fish-rich Mediterranean diets are better for a person's health in many ways. This is just another suggestion that those studies might well have a point.