Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month: Prenatal Fish & Apples May Lower the Risk
The Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) is a busy organization, providing education and advocacy for families with asthma and allergies. May is Awareness Month for these health issues, and AANMA's website is very well-organized and chock full of valuable information, like tips on how to work with your child's school officials and P.E. teacher to manage respiratory problems at school. AANMA provides some good spring cleaning tips to help your little asthmatic sleep through the nights, like washing comforters, blankets and pillowcases every two weeks in hot water to kill dust mites. Once a year, take all the food out of your kitchen cabinets and wipe them out. Throw away food that has expired or give away what you will never use.
A new study out of Europe suggests that prenatal consumption of apples and fish may decrease the risk of children developing eczema and asthma! Researchers reported no protective effect was found from any other food except apples and fish...And guess what, they suspect the fish effect might be due to the omega-3 fatty acids!
(See my earlier post over at Healthline Connects: Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Can't Hurt, and They Might Help - with a lot of things...
The list of things omega-3 fatty acids help with grows longer, and the old Apple a day saying seems to be valid, not just for ourselves, but for future generations. Other tips for prenatal health:
- Don't smoke & abstain from alcohol & drugs
- Take prenatal vitamins with folic acid supplements
- Eat a balanced, healthy diet
Thank you ohmomof1 for use of lovely apple photo.