Omega-3 Supplements to Treat Asthma?

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Omega-3 Supplements to Treat Asthma?

“Results from a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology showed in testing of nearly 72,000 people, consumption of EPA and DHA Omega-3s reduced the risk of cardiac death by a statistically-significant average of 8 percent.” 1

This study goes hand in hand with the American Heart Association’s recommendation of taking Omega-3 supplements. In the AHA journal Circulation 2 earlier this year, they say omega-3 fish oil supplements may be able to help people prevent heart disease and sudden cardiac death.

We’ve suspected for a while now that Omega-3 supplements are beneficial in these ways, however this new study only confirms it.  DHA (docosahexaenoic acid ethyl ester) and EPA (ethyl eicosapentaenoic acid) are the primary ingredients in the Omega-3 Supplements, and they have been shown in multiple tests to lower your triglycerides, which are a type of fat that can cause blood vessel irritation. 3

These are all well documented and proven benefits of Omega-3 supplements, and it is definitely big news to have a study with overwhelming evidence help support the claims.  However, Omega-3s are constantly being tested for new benefits, and now they are in the news for helping to treat Asthma.

In February of this year, the Journal of Clinical Investigation–Insight, featured a study that adds evidence to the idea of Omega-3 Supplements helping treat Asthma. 4

Asthma is “a respiratory condition marked by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing. It usually results from an allergic reaction or other forms of hypersensitivity.” 5

The study highlights the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York, where they collected blood from 17 people with asthma and compared the test results to that of 17 people who did not have asthma. Everyone in the study had a response to the Omega-3s to some with a decrease in IgE antibodies –which manifests in various allergic diseases, such as allergic asthma.

A study done back in 2004 had similar findings but at the time concluded that more evidence was needed to make any substantial claims.  However, with more and more studies like these, we are continuing to solidify the multiple health benefits for Omega-3 supplementation.6