Mediterranean diet enriched with fatty fish reduces childhood asthma symptoms


In Australia, a clinical trial led by La Trobe University has shown eating fish such as salmon, trout and sardines as part of a healthy diet can reduce asthma symptoms in children.

The study found children with asthma who followed a Mediterranean diet enriched with fatty fish had improved lung function after six months. Lead researcher Maria Papamichael said the findings added to a growing body of evidence that a healthy diet could be a potential therapy for childhood asthma.

“We already know that a diet high in fat, sugar and salt can influence the development and progression of asthma in children and now we have evidence that it’s also possible to manage asthma symptoms through healthy eating. Fatty fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties.  Our study shows eating fish just twice a week can significantly decrease lung inflammation in children with asthma,” Papamichael said.