Fish Oil: The Natural Way to Treat Asthma

fishoilThe rate of asthma keeps rising. The fact is that, children’s asthma is continuing to increase at an alarming rate. Environmental pollution and poor eating styles are largely the culprit.

Essential fatty acids in fish and fish oil will restrain the inflammatory chemicals associated with this disease. Research shows that children who eat oily fish more often than once a week have one-third the danger of getting asthma as children who do not eat fish or eat lean fish regularly.

Fish-oil supplements are beneficial for both children and adults with asthma. Again, the key benefits of fish oil take months before the natural anti-inflammatory benefits start to take hold.


Omega-3 in Fish Oil: How Eating Fish Helps your Heart?

fishoilWith many studies to back up its benefits, fish oil is usually recommended as a preventative for heart and circulation problems. Together with the population research showing that intake of fish oil lashes the rate of cardiovascular disease, are actually hundreds of scientific studies that support these findings. Fish oils reduce chloresterol and triglyceride levels and also function as a natural blood thinner, which results in the lowering of blood pressure.

Omega-3s in fish oil assist to prevent irregular heartbeat, lower blood-clot risk, and resist arterial plaque buildup. While the federal government traditionally has been slow to endorse supplement use, in 2004 its Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality expressed strong support for Imega-3s, noting that “intake of omega-3 fatty acids, whether from fish or from Supplements, decreases all-cause mortality and improves various cardiovascular disease outcomes.” A Greek study from 2005 indicated that regular consumption of omega-3-rich fish reduces blood markers of inflammation, including C-reactive protein and interleukin-6, which are known risk factors for heart attacks. In an Italian research, patients who received just 1g daily of omega3s during the critical 90 days after a heart attack lowered their risk of sudden death by an amazing 42%. The American Heart Association also recommends omega-3s and daily consumption of a minimum of 500 mg of EPA and DHA combined to prevent cardiovascular disease.

Fish oil has also been proven to prevent the reclosing of arteries after angioplasty. And it has been proven to have a mild to moderate impact on regression of atherosclerosis (plaque in the arteries) in people who have coronary artery disease.


Could fish oils help children with ADHD?

fish-oil-omega-3Many school-age children have already been identified as having ADD or ADHD and their issues are sometimes associated with nutritional imbalances. (Too much sugars and some additives in junk food have particularly been blamed.)

Essential fatty acids for example DHA are crucial for proper brain function but well, how many children do you know who eat fresh cold-water fish three times a week? When children don’t get enough DHA and they are generally loading up on saturated fat, trans fatty and omega-6 fatty acids from fast foods, the inevitable result is a fatty-acid imbalance.
DHA supplementation has been confirmed decrease aggression while a child is under stress. The DHA in fish oil can help to improve the chemical balance in the brain while giving the typical benefits of omega 3 fatty acid supplementation.

A small research included 9 children, ages 8 to 16, who had ADHD, which is described as inattention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Participants took high daily doses of fish oil, providing 8g to 16g combined of the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), for eight weeks. Researchers found the children’s behavior improved significantly, as rated by a psychiatrist and parents,

I recommend that bottle-fed newborns receive omega-3 supplementation, particularly DHA, for proper brain and retina development. Breast-fed infants receive these critical essential fatty acids in the breast milk. I suspect that before long DHA supplementation will be required in all commercial baby formulas.

The rate of asthma keeps raising. Unfortunately, children’s asthma is continuing to rise at an alarming rate. Environmental pollution and poor dietary habits are largely to blame. Essential fatty-acids in fish and fish oil to suppress the inflammatory chemicals involved in this disease. Research shows that children who eat oily fish more than once a week have one-third the risk of letting asthma as children who don’t eat fish or eat lean fish on a regular basis.
Fish-oil supplements are beneficial for both children and adults with asthma. Again, the benefits of fish oil take months before the natural anti-inflammatory benefits begin to take hold.