Fish Oil Asthma Benefits May Be Blocked By Medication

Fish OilAlthough it has been seen that supplementation with Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids could lessen allergic reactions and asthma symptoms by reducing the production of antibodies, researchers believe that these benefits may be hampered by asthma medication.

Cell cultures from 17 Asthma patients were used.  Researchers found that introducing Omega-3 Essential Fatty acids could reduce the numbers of IgE antibodies.  These antibodies are produced in response to ongoing airway inflammation.  Corticosteroids which are used to treat severe asthma appeared to block the Omega-3 oils effectiveness by interfering with cell signaling molecules.  These cells signaling molecules are responsible for overseeing the specialized proresolving mediators (SPMs), part of the inflammatory process.  Omega 3’s, once supplemented in the body convert to certain SPMs that stop inflammation without compromising the immune system. Researchers believe that SPMs are “important therapeutics for most patients with allergic asthma”

Further studies are needed.

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“Impressive”: Omega-3’s During Pregnancy May Protect Kids From Asthma

Asthma and Omega 3A study just published shows fish oils supplements taken during the third trimester of pregnancy may reduce the risk of children developing wheezing or asthma.

Over 700 pregnant women, who were at 24 weeks of gestation, participated in this study.  Participants were randomly assigned to take either 2.4 grams of Omega-3 fish oil or an olive oil placebo daily until one week after they delivered their baby.  The children were than monitored for an additional 5 years.

A 7% reduction in the risk of the children developing asthma or a persistent wheeze was seen in the group who supplemented with the Omega-3 fish oil when compared to the control group. A stronger protective effect was seen in children whose mothers had the lowest average blood levels of DHA and EPA showing a 16% reduction in developing asthma or wheezing compared with the control group.    Additionally the Omega-3 group showed a 7% reduced risk of developing lower respiratory tract infections when compared to the control group.

Researchers believe the study results reinforce suspicions that there is a link between the low intakes of Omega-3 in Western diets and the increases in childhood asthma and that Omega-3’s anti-inflammatory properties can provide a measure of relief from this disease.

Make sure your fish oil is molecularly distilled to remove potential toxins.  Also a Fish oil that is manufactured to comply with strict European standards will be free of heavy metals, PCB’s, dioxins, pesticides and other unwanted compounds.  An enteric coating will protect the Fish Oil  from the harsh environment of the stomach, and then  the softgel will better travel to the small intestine where it can be digested and its fatty acids released and absorbed into the body. This prevents a fishy aftertaste and odor, and is helpful to sensitive individuals.  Some products will use lemon oil to help with the digestion of the Fish Oil softgel without any fishy burps.

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Kids with Vitamin D Deficiency More Likely to Develop Asthma

asthmaA new study has found children who are deficient in Vitamin D are more likely to develop asthma as well as allergies and eczema.

According to researchers this study was the first of its kind to track Vitamin D levels from birth to the onset of the asthmatic condition.  A clear link between prolonged Vitamin D deficiencies in early childhood and asthma was shown.

Children’s Vitamin D status was assessed at birth and follow ups were performed at ages ½ year, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years, 5 years and 10 years.  Children with low Vitamin D levels during their first few years of life were more likely to have allergic immune responses than children with normal Vitamin D levels.  Children with a Vitamin D deficiency at 6 months of age were more likely to have more harmful bacteria in their upper airways in addition to an increased tendency to have severe lower respiratory infections with a fever.  These are two conditions that have previously been associated with increased risks for the development of asthma.

Researchers believe that babies who are deficient in Vitamin D have an increased level of harmful bacteria in their upper airway and then become more prone to critical infections in the respiratory tract.  It is known that Vitamin D plays an integral role in supporting a healthy immune function and promoting the development of healthy lungs.

Further studies are needed.

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First Hard Evidence Vitamin D Reduces Asthma Attacks

AsthmaA Cochrane review of nine studies has found taking Vitamin D supplements alongside a standard asthma medication may reduce severe asthma attacks.

7 of the 9 studies reviewed involved over 400 children and the remaining 2 studies looked at over 600 adults.  Overall the review concluded that taking Vitamin D might reduce the risk of a severe asthma attack which would require hospitalization from 6% to 3%.  Additionally the review found the rate of steroid treatment needed to control an asthma attack dropped from .44 to .28 attacks per year per person after supplementation with Vitamin D.  However, Vitamin D did not improve daily asthma symptoms or lung function.

Interest in the role of Vitamin D is the management of asthma has been growing since prior research has linked an increased risk of asthma attacks in both adults and children with low blood levels of Vitamin D.

Researchers did urge caution when interpreting the findings of these reviews saying there are many questions that have remained unanswered.

Further reviews are coming.

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