Fish twice a week: this benefits children with asthma.
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November 6, 2018
A healthy diet with two fish meals a week alleviates the symptoms of asthma in children. Compared with children with unchanged diet, they suffered significantly less than inflammation of the airways.
According to an international study, a healthy Mediterranean diet, rich in high-fat fish, such as salmon, trout and sardines, can positively influence lung function in children with asthma. Two meals a week have reduced the signs of inflammation of the respiratory tract.
"We already know that diet rich in fat, sugar and salt can affect the development and progression of asthma in childhood, and now we have evidence that symptoms can contain healthy eating," said Maria Papamichael, lead author at La Trobe University in Melbourne. "Our study shows that only two fish meals a week can significantly reduce inflammation in children with asthma."
Asthma is the most common respiratory disease in young people and one of the main causes of emergency treatment and hospitalization in children. The study included 64 children from Athens, aged five to twelve, who had mild asthma. They were divided into two groups, one of which had to receive at least 150 grams of fish twice a week. Children of the other group did not change their diet. Half a year later they were screened for lung function and airway inflammation and compared the results of both groups.
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