Several studies have found that mothers who take fish oil supplements are less likely to deliver babies with allergies. In the most recent study along these lines, researchers reported that fish oil supplements given to infants can reduce their risk of allergies.
Susan L. Prescott, MB, PhD, of the University of Western Australia, Perth, and her colleagues obtained ethics committee approval to give 150 infants either fish oil supplements or placebos every day from birth to six months. The supplements contained 650 mg of fish oils, including 280 mg of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and 110 mg of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). The supplements modified the immune systems in ways that were “potentially allergy-protective,” wrote Prescott.
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