DHA Reduces Asthma Risk
Monday, January 07, 2013
Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
A study followed 4,162 American children for 20 years, documenting their intake of omega-3 fatty acids as well as those who developed asthma. It found that those with the highest intake of omega-3 fatty acids were 54 percent less likely to have asthma. It also found that DHA was the most protective omega-3 essential fatty acid.
Asthma is at epidemic proportions in the U.S. due to the overuse of antibiotics that has promoted a societal overgrowth of Candida albicans. Candida is then fueled by high sugar diets and replicates on junk fatty acids. As it replicates it produces oxylipins, generating significant inflammation. This includes inflammation in the respiratory tract that triggers asthma.
DHA is known to regulate the inflammatory process, reducing the degree of inflammation. It is therefore not surprising to find that higher DHA intake would prevent respiratory inflammation and reduce the risk for asthma.
We know that DHA is great for the brain function of children, teenagers, and young adults. This study points out that DHA is also good at helping to prevent the inflammatory process from getting out of control. Since vitamin D is another nutrient that prevents the immune system from overheating, both are good tools to prevent excessive inflammatory health challenges of any kind.
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