Asthma: A Diet High in Fish May Boost Lung Function


Children with asthma who eat a Mediterranean-style diet that includes fish like salmon, trout, and sardines have better lung function and fewer breathing problems than children who don’t eat a lot of fish, according to researchers at La Trobe University in Australia.

Results of previous studies suggest that a diet high in fat, sugar, and salt has a detrimental effect on lung health in kids with asthma and worsens symptoms. According to this new study, fatty fish, which is high in anti-inflammatory omega-3s, can significantly ease lung inflammation in children with asthma.

The small study involved 64 children ages 5 to 12 with mild asthma who were divided into two groups. One group ate two servings (at least 150 grams) of cooked fatty fish every week for six months, and the other group followed their normal diet. At the end of the study period, the group that ate fatty fish had significantly less bronchial inflammation.

Sourced from: Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics