Why eating more fish can help children with asthma

A healthy diet could be a potential means for reducing bronchial inflammation, study says

Including two fish meals a week could help improve pulmonary function in children with asthma, according to new findings from Australian dietitians.

Alongside conventional asthma therapy, a Mediterranean diet with lots of oily fish offers a possible non-pharmacological means of reducing airway inflammation, the study led by researchers from La Trobe University in Melbourne has found.

For six months, the control trial followed 64 Greek children aged under 12 with mild but well-controlled asthma.  

The researchers tracked the children’s lung function using spirometry and fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FENO) tests to see whether a Mediterranean diet, including two meals of fatty fish a week, improved their pulmonary function.

On average, the 31 children in the control arm more than doubled their fatty fish intake, from 17g to 46g a day.

Tesearchers found no differences in

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