The two most famous and popular types of fatty acids called omega-3 and omega-6 are one way or another often used in food by many people – for some, the first acid prevails, for others the second. 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 directly from the American Thoracic Society has demonstrated that, in fact, everything may not be as simple as it seems at first glance, and therefore it is worth looking at the dynamics of the usefulness and effectiveness of both fatty acids from a slightly different angle.
Thus, American nutritionist experts conducted a study in the center of which there were 135 children aged 5 to 12 years old, each of whom suffered from asthma of varying severity and features. Then the scientists divided them into two groups, one of which was fed on a diet containing a large amount of omega-3 fatty acid, and the second omega-6. After a short period of the experiment, the scientists again turned to children's health indicators and their asthma attacks, comparing them with those observed before the experiment.
The results showed that in fact, in most cases, omega-6 can be an aggravating factor in the fight against asthma attacks, in comparison with omega-3, which performs its role statistically better. Thus, scientists have clearly demonstrated that omega-6 has some “double standards”, on the one hand, certainly helping in some situations, and on the other hand, often exerting an aggravating effect, especially in asthma.
Thus, the scientists have illustrated the interdependence between the two fatty acids and concluded that the omega-6 fatty acid should be taken directly under the supervision of the attending physician and in such a way as to prevent excesses from being absorbed. This means that very soon the FDA may adopt a new law in connection with the manufacture and distribution of baby food in most of the US states.