FAB RESEARCH COMMENT:
This study shows that for some
children and adolescents, their risks of asthma are significantly lower if their diet provides higher intakes of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA from fish and seafood.
Importantly, this was only true for children with a particular genotype, which previous research has already shown to be associated with poorer conversion of short- to long-chain omega-3 (and omega-6) fatty acids within the body.
While short-chain omega-3 (and omega-6) fatty acids are found in vegetable and seed oils, their conversion within the body into the longer-chain forms - which are biologically essential for immune, cardiovascular and brain health - is limited by many factors, including genetic individual differences.
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