Go fish for asthma control.

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In a recent study, researchers divided a group of children with mild asthma into two groups: one ate a Mediterranean-style diet that included two weekly servings of fatty fish such as salmon or sardines. The other group ate their usual diet. Six months later, the group who’d been eating the Mediterranean diet with fish had significantly less inflammation in their lungs. We know that omega-3 and omega-7 fatty acids in fish have anti-inflammatory properties, and the vegetables, fruit, olive oil, and herbs and spices in the Mediterranean diet (and the lack of refined carbs, junky oils, and saturated fat) may offer anti-inflammatory effects, too. A Mediterranean-style menu isn’t just fantastic for overall health and potentially helpful for inflammation-related conditions like asthma—it’s also so delicious, the whole family will love it! If your children aren’t used to fish and turn up their noses at it, try kid-friendly dishes like salmon burgers, tacos with grilled fish, or panko-coated baked fish sticks.

Source: Efficacy of a Mediterranean diet supplemented with fatty fish in ameliorating inflammation in paediatric asthma: a randomised controlled trial.

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Posted on April 19, 2019 and filed under nutrition.