This new study out of  Sweden is the largest to date that studies the effect of children’s diet on the occurrence of allergic asthma and allergies.

The study followed 940 children born between 1994 and 1996. The researchers found that higher blood levels of the essential fatty acids EPA, DHA and DPA in the blood of 8-year-olds led to a lower risk of asthma and hay fever at age 16.

They referred to a  previous study out of Finland that showed higher levels of EPA in preschoolers protected them from non-allergic asthma at age 5 but did not show a definite effect against allergies.

More and more studies are being done on the effects of Essential Fatty Acids in the prevention of allergic conditions such as eczema, allergies, and asthma highlighting the importance of diet on our children’s health and also in prevention of illness.

Very few of the children in the study received EFA supplements. They got their essential fatty acids through eating fatty and lean fish 1-2 times a week.


Starting your baby off on eating the right foods from an early age is key to his health.

Getting him used to eating a varied diet full of whole grains, lean meats, fatty fish and a good variety of colored vegetables and fruits when he’s young will help him make better choices as he gets older.

It’s also really important that you eat the same way, not just so you stay healthy, but because your child does what you do and not what you say. If you don’t eat tuna, neither will he!

Stay tuned for my blog next week on what EFAs are, what they do and how to give your baby and child the EFAs he needs to be healthy and vibrant.

As always, I would love to hear your questions or comments or answer your questions. Please post them below.

Healthy, happy holiday wishes from my family to yours.

To your holistic health,

Ask Dr. Linda