NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Eating fish regularly during the first year of life reduces their chances of developing common allergies at a later stage of their lives, according to a new Swedish study.
Scientists at the Karolenska Institute in Stockholm have monitored the diets of a group of children and found that those who eat large amounts of fish at an early age are less likely to have allergies even after 12 years.
The researchers found that the chances of infection of these children with eczema decreased by 22 percent and hayworms
by 26 percent.
The study suggests that the provision of fish to young children only two or three per month may be sufficient to reduce the risk of allergies.
Although previous research has shown that early introduction of fish into the children’s diet can have a protective effect on allergies until the age of four, Swedish researchers conducted the study to see if this protection could extend to a longer life.
To this end, the researchers followed three thousand and 285 children to discuss their diets at one, two, four, eight and 12 years of age. They also looked at the number of children who had allergies as they age.
The results of the study showed that fish play a large role in the diets of children of Sweden, where 80 percent of them consume fish at least twice a month.
The risk of allergic reactions among these children was lower than for those who ate rarely or did not eat fish.
The researchers noted in their report that the regular consumption of fish at a very early stage of childhood may play a role in reducing the risk of allergies until the age of 12 years.
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