Could fish oil reduce asthma symptoms?Fish oil could be a new treatment for asthma. In a trial, doctors are prescribing five high-dose fish oil capsules a day for three weeks to sufferers with mild symptoms.
It follows smaller studies that found fish oil supplements can help prevent coughing, constriction of the airways and wheezing.
Taking fish oil tablets could help reduce symptoms for asthma sufferers
The fish oil treatment could be particularly helpful to long-term asthma users who can experience distressing side-effects from steroids, such as weight gain, increased bruising and hoarseness.
It's thought the benefits are down to the fatty acids (omega-3s) found in fish oil, which have an anti-inflammatory effect, say the researchers at the Firestone Institute for respiratory Health in Canada.
Fish rich in omega-3 include salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring and sardines.
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