Two of the most well-known and popular types of fatty acids called omega-3 and omega-6 are often consumed by many people in one way or another – for some people the first acid prevails, for someone the second one. But one way or another, both were considered until recently extremely useful for reducing the risk of developing respiratory diseases, as well as for effectively combating asthma of varying severity. However, a new study straight from the American Thoracic Society has shown that in reality everything may not be as simple as it seems at first glance, and therefore it is worth looking at the dynamics of the utility and effectiveness of both fatty acids from a slightly different angle.
Thus, American nutritionists conducted a study in the center of which there were 135 children aged from 5 to 12 years old, each of whom suffered from asthma of varying degrees of severity and peculiarities. Then scientists divided them into two groups, one of which was fed on a diet containing more omega-3 fatty acid, and the second – omega-6. After some short period of experiment, scientists again turned to the indicators of children's health and their asthma attacks, comparing them with those that were observed before the experiment.
The results showed that, in fact, omega-6 in most cases can be an aggravating factor in combating asthma attacks, compared with omega-3, which copes with its role statistically better. Thus, scientists have clearly demonstrated that omega-6 has some “double standards”, on the one hand, of course, helping in some situations, and on the other hand, often exacerbating the effect, especially in asthma.
Thus, scientists have illustrated the interdependence between the two fatty acids and concluded that the ingestion of omega-6 fatty acid should be carried out directly under the supervision of the attending physician and in such a way as to prevent bending with its absorption. This means that very soon the FDA Commission may adopt a new law in connection with the manufacture and distribution of baby food in most of the states of America.