Childhood allergy linked to Omega-3 and Omega-6: Study

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Topic(s): Malnutrition Growth & Development Gut Microbiota

Babies born with high levels of poly unsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) in cord blood may be more likely to develop respiratory and skin allergies in their early teens, according to new research.

"A high proportion of long-chain PUFAs among cord serum phospholipids may predispose to allergy development,"said the research team-who noted that while the potential mechanism is 'unknown' it may involve "dampening of the physiologic immune activation in infancy needed for proper maturation of the infant's immune system."

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