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Omega3 fish oil EPA DHA safe to take during pregnancy and helps reduce eczema and food allergy

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

The occurrence of eczema and food allergies was 16 and 13 per cent lower, respectively, in infants of mothers receiving the fish oil supplements during pregnancy and the early months of breast-feeding, compared to placebo, according to findings published in the journal Acta Paediatrica.

“This randomized placebo-controlled double-blind study shows that omega 3 fish oil  EPA and DHA supplementation during pregnancy and lactation may reduce the risk of developing allergic sensitization to egg, IgE-associated eczema and  food allergy during the first year of life,” wrote the authors, led by Catrin Furuhjelm from Linkoping University.

Immunoglobulin E (IgE) is the predominant antibody associated with an allergic response.

The new study adds to the ever-growing list of studies supporting the potential health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA(eicosapentaenoic acid) andDHA Much of its healthy reputation that is seeping into consumer consciousness is based largely on evidence that it can aid cognitive function and may help protect the heart against cardiovascular disease.

From mother to child

Furuhjelm and her co-workers recruited 145 pregnant women with allergies, or with partners or other children with allergies. Starting at the 25th week of their pregnancy, and continuing for between three and four months of breastfeeding, the women were randomly assigned to receive either daily fish oil supplements providing 1.6 g of EPA and 1.1 g of DHA  or placebo.

Using a range of tests, including clinical examination, skin prick tests, and blood tests for IgE, the researchers observed a 2 per cent prevalence of food allergy in the omega-3 group, compared to 15 per cent in the placebo group.

Furthermore, the incidence of IgE-associated eczema was only 8 per cent in the omega-3 group, compared to 24 per cent in the placebo group.

“Our findings suggest that the mechanisms leading to sustained IgE antibody production early in life may be inhibited by the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA,” wrote Furuhjelm.

Commenting on the mechanism, the Linkoping-based scientists proposed several possibilities. Both DHA and EPA may produce changes in the fluidity of the membranes of immune cells, and reduce the levels of the omega-6 fatty acid arachidonic acid (AA). By inhibiting the metabolism of AA, the formation of the less inflammatory eicosanoids is favoured, which may be linked to lower allergic sensitization in the children, said the researchers.

“Additional anti-inflammatory effects of EPA andDHA in early immune development through bioactive lipids, lipoxins, neuroprotectines and resolvins, have been discussed but it is not clear whether those are plausible explanatory mechanisms regarding our findings,” they said.

Food allergy rises

The number of allergic disease has also been rising, with an estimated eight per cent of children in the EU suffering from food allergies, according to the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations.

The most common food allergen ingredients and their derivatives are cereals containing gluten, fish, crustaceans, egg, peanut, soybeans, milk and dairy products including lactose, nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seed, and sulphites.

Source: Acta Paediatrica
Published online ahead of print, doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2009.01355.x
“Fish oil supplementation in pregnancy and lactation may decrease the risk of infant allergy”
Authors: C. Furuhjelm, K. Warstedt, J. Larsson, M. Fredriksson, M. Fageras Bottcher, K. Falth-Magnusson, K. Duchen


Omega 3 fish oil is essential in treatment of eczema

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

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Eczema sufferers often have low levels of of essential fatty acids omega 3 these essential fatty acids specifically EPA and DHA must be taken from diet as the body cannot make them – the best sources are found in fish oil,. Fish that are high in omega3 fatty acids are ie sardines , anchovies , mackerel , salmon , trout and they are classed as oily fish . It is really important to eat a minimum of two portions of oily fish per week – here in UK we consume less than 1/3 of the recommended amount – for those suffereing from eczema the daily requirement is higher and supplementation with a high EPA omega 3 sourced from fish oil is the best way of increasing levels.TakeOmega3 has highest concentrations of EPA omega 3 per capsule of any supplement available and is uniquely made in MHRA facilities here in UK . TakeOmega 3 has a firm commitment to british industry and scientific research . Lack of Omega 3’s are a factor in most skin disorders.

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A diet rich in omega-3 can help eczema sufferers reduce the severity of their symptoms, according to research.Patients with the most common atopic, or allergic, form of eczema given purified fish oil supplements cut their symptoms by almost a fifth.The richest sources of omega-3 are oily fish, particularly mackerel, herring, salmon, fresh tuna and trout or by taking TakeOmega3 which has an unbeatable 750mg EPA per capsule and 50mg DHA with almost 90% concentrate. Humans evolved eating a diet with a lot more omega-3 essential fatty acids than we get from the diet we eat today – todays processed and fast foods offer low levels of omega 3 essential fatty acids. Because omega-3s help the body manufacture some important anti-inflammatory hormones, continually falling short could contribute to conditions related to chronic inflammationSymptoms of a severe deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids can be dry skin, hair loss, and an impaired immune system.

Daily supplements of the omega-3 fatty acid may improve symptoms of eczema, according to research.
Measures of eczema improved by about 23 per cent over eight weeks after consuming the omega 3 fish oil  supplements, and this was associated with significant reductions in levels of markers of inflammation, according to results published in the British Journal of Dermatology.

Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA, have been identified as one of the super-nutrients taking the food and supplements industry by storm. Much of its healthy reputation that is seeping into consumer consciousness is based largely on evidence that it can aid cognitive function and may help protect the heart against cardiovascular disease.

The new study indicates that the fatty acids may also have potential for people with atopic eczema, although the researchers state the small sample size and modest effects require supporting evidence from additional trials.

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis (AD), is one of the first signs of allergy during the early days of life and is said to be due to delayed development of the immune system. According to the American Academy of Dermatologists it affects between 10 to 20 per cent of all infants, but almost half of these kids will ‘grow out’ of eczema between the ages of five and 15.

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