A recent study, named AsthmaDIET, found evidence that children with a diet higher in omega-3 fatty acids had fewer asthma symptoms caused by indoor air pollution, whereas children with diets higher in omega-6 fatty acids experienced more severe asthma symptoms.
“Dietary intake is another exposure that is increasingly recognized as important in lung health,” Emily P. Brigham, MD, MHS, assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, told Infectious Diseases in Children. “Omega-3 fatty acids are the precursors of molecules known as ‘pro-resolving mediators,’ which help to promote the resolution of inflammation in the body and can be found in the lung. Omega-6 fatty acids give rise to a more complex balance of anti- and pro-inflammatory compounds but are notably the source of leukotrienes, a key molecule involved in asthma pathogenesis and morbidity.”
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