Fish plus Mediterranean Diet May Reduce Asthma Symptoms in Children
Research has found that diets high in fat and processed sugar can lead to worsening symptoms in children with asthma. Now, a recent study suggests that children with asthma who follow the Mediterranean diet enriched with fatty fish may see a reduction in airway inflammation.
Participants in the study included 64 children between the ages of 5 and 12 with mild asthma. Over the course of six months, half of the group followed the Mediterranean diet and also ate two meals containing 150 grams of fatty fish per week. The other half acted as a control by following their regular diet.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers found that the Mediterranean diet/fish group saw their bronchial inflammation reduced by 14 units. More than 10 units is considered significant.
Researchers from La Trobe University in Australia led the study. It was published on October 30, 2018, in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.
The Mediterranean diet is characterized by high amounts of vegetables, legumes, cereals, fish, fruits and nuts, healthy mono-saturated fats such as olive oil, low amounts of saturated fats, moderate alcohol intake, and low intake of meat and dairy products.
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