Eating fish can help fight asthma

How a diet high in Omega 3 can help reduce asthma symptoms.

Researchers are continuously looking for new ways to fight asthma, the most common respiratory disease affecting young Australians.

A new clinical trial, led by researchers from La Trobe University in Melbourne, has shown eating fish such as salmon, trout and sardines can help reduce asthma symptoms, particularly in children. 

Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) CEO Jane Lovell welcomed the study and called it a potential “easy and effective” treatment for asthma suffers.

“Childhood asthma is the most common respiratory disorder worldwide,” Mrs Lovell said.

“We know these species of fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties and have been shown to help in the reduction of symptoms for other inflammatory conditions like arthritis.

“This new research shows that following a diet which is high in oily-fish could be an easy, safe and effective way to reduce the symptoms of asthma in children which is fantastic news.”

The study, published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, found children with asthma who followed a healthy Mediterranean diet enriched with fatty-fish showed improved lung function after a six-month period.

Associate Professor Bircan Erbas, from La Trobe’s School of Psychology and Public Health, is an allergic respiratory disease epidemiologist, who co-supervised the trial.

“Asthma is the most common respiratory disease in young people and one of the leading reasons for hospitalisations and trips to emergency for children,” Associate Professor Erbas said.

“Unfortunately, the rate of asthma worldwide remains high. It is imperative that we identify new therapies that we can use alongside conventional asthma medications.”