Reviewing the impact of diet on asthma and allergy, part 1

Xinqing Deng, Daniel Venarske, Terryl Hartman, Tina V. Hartert

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Although additional studies are needed to clarify the impact of diet on asthma and allergy, some patterns have emerged. For example, there is evidence that a diet high in omega-6 fatty acids (found in margarine, for example) is associated with increased risk of childhood atopy and asthma. In contrast, consumption of omega-3 fatty acids (found in fresh oily fish) appears to have a protective effect. There also is evidence that consumption of antioxidant nutrients, including vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc, and selenium, is associated with reduced risk of asthma. Maternal intake of vitamin E during pregnancy may reduce the risk of childhood asthma. Maternal intake of oily fish (not fish sticks) also may help protect children from asthma, especially when the mother has a history of asthma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)448-459
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Respiratory Diseases
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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