Eating Fish During Pregnancy Is Good, Finds Research

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Many people consider fish as unhealthy, especially when consumed during the monsoon season. But you might be startled to know that fish has plenty of health benefits as well.

A new research has found that women who consume fish during pregnancy are likely to protect their kids from developing asthma.

Fish contains low-fat, omega-3 fatty acids or what is known as the good fat. Also fish is rich in vitamins such as D and B2 (riboflavin), calcium and phosphorus and is also a great source of minerals, such as iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium, and potassium.

It has been found that eating fish at least twice a week helps to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of a heart attack.

The study which was conducted by the researchers at the University of South Florida in the US reviewed two studies. After the study it was concluded that the children whose mothers consume high-dose omega-3 fatty acids daily during the third trimester are less likely to develop breathing problems.

health benefits of fish

During the study about 346 pregnant women in their third trimester were taken into consideration. These women took omega-3 fatty acids daily and 349 who took a placebo. The researchers further divided the trial population into three groups based on their blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids.

The population with the lowest blood levels benefited the most from fish oil supplementation.

In yet another study, the researchers randomised pregnant women in their third trimester into fish oil, placebo and "no oil" groups. The fish oil group took omega-3 fatty acids daily as did the placebo (olive oil) group. The "no oil" group was informed of the trial proposal and therefore could consume fish oil or fish during the third trimester if they chose to do so.

During the research, it was found that the fish oil and the "no oil" groups took less asthma medication as they aged to 24 years old, inferring both groups developed less asthma.

"With almost equal to slightly higher cost, consuming 8- 12 ounces (2-3 servings) of fish a week not only may attain the same asthma protection, but strengthens the nutritional benefits to infant growth and development," said researcher Richard Lockey.

Meanwhile, also learn about a few of the best natural ways to prevent asthma here. Take a look.

health benefits of fish

1. Ginger:
Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. All that you need to do is take a piece of ginger, grind it and then squeeze the juice. Take about one teaspoon of the ginger juice, mix it along with half a cup of water. Consume one tablespoon of this mixture before bedtime It helps.

health benefits of fish

2. Garlic:
Take few garlic cloves, boil it along with half a cup of milk. Allow it to cool and then drink this garlic infused milk. This helps in clearing the congestion in your lungs and ease asthma.

health benefits of fish

3. Eucalyptus Oil:
Eucalyptus oil is known to have decongestant properites. All that you need to do is add few drops of eucalyptus oil in a bowl of hot boiling water. Try to inhale the steam and take deep breaths. This helps to ease asthma.

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Story first published: Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 10:23 [IST]
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