Probiotics and Fish Oil May Reduce Risk of Eczema, Allergies in Babies
Eczema and food allergies are increasing problems for babies and children. A recent study suggests that taking probiotics and fish oil supplements during pregnancy may reduce the risk of allergies and eczema in infants and toddlers.
For this study, researchers examined data from more than 400 studies that included more than 1.5 million total participants.
After analyzing the data, the researchers found that women who took fish oil supplements starting at 20 weeks into their pregnancy and continued until the third or fourth month of breastfeeding had children with a 31% lower risk of egg allergy by age one. They also found an association between fish oil consumption and a 38% lower risk of peanut allergy.
In addition, the researchers found that consuming probiotics was associated with a 44% reduced risk of children developing eczema, up to age four. Consumption of between 1 and 10 billion colony forming units containing the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus was found to be particularly effective. The women usually started taking the probiotics at 36 to 38 weeks into the pregnancy and continued through the first three to six months of lactation.
Researchers from Imperial College, London, conducted the study. It was published on February 28, 2018, in PLOS Medicine.
While probiotics are most commonly linked to improving digestion and gut health, they have also been shown to been shown to help the body in numerous other ways. Probiotics can be found naturally in many foods, such as yogurt, milk and sauerkraut. You may also consider taking a high quality supplement but make sure it is packaged to block light, air and moisture, which can easily kill probiotics.
Fish oil has also been linked to numerous other health benefits, including combating diabetes, improving cholesterol, improving vision, reducing the risk of dementia and relieving depression.
If you’re looking to increase your fish oil intake, try adding darker fish, such as salmon or tuna, to your diet. If you don’t like the taste of fish or are just finding it hard to work it into your meal plans, consider taking a high quality supplement. Make sure your supplement is tested for purity and potency.
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