Fatty AcidsThose expecting moms who want to lower the chances of their children to suffer from various types of food allergies should add to their daily diet such products as fish, eggs and others rich in healthy fatty acids, the scientists say. As the findings of a recent study have shown, early exposure to the mentioned healthy fats which exist in most types of oily fish (including salmon, tuna, cod, mackerel, and others), and also in pumpkin seeds, high quality vegetable oil (especially olive oil and flaxseed oil), walnuts and other nuts, can substantially boost the immune system of developing babies and reduce the risks of having food allergies.

A group of scientists from France’s National Agricultural Research Institute (INRA) analyzed the diet of hundreds expecting moms, and it was found out that provided a particular group of fatty acids is consumed on a regular basis, the offspring’s digestive system is healthier. In particular, the gut walls of the babies are more permeable allowing bacteria and broken compounds of the foods go directly to the bloodstream and force the body develop a strong and effective protection, this way triggering the function of the immune system of the babies.

Food AllergiesDr Gaëlle Boudry, intestinal physiology and perinatal nutrition specialist, one of the leading scientists at the National Agricultural Research Institute of France, comments on the findings of her colleagues as the following: “Our study identifies that a certain group of polyunsaturated fatty acids causes a change in how a baby’s gut develops, which in turn might change how the gut immune system develops. The end result is that the baby’s immune system may develop and mature faster – leading to better immune function and less likelihood of suffering allergies.”

Food allergies are very common nowadays, and millions of people around the world suffer from this problem. As British specialists say, the number of hospital admissions of patients with food allergies has increased six times comparing to the number of hospital admissions 20 years ago. At the same time, experts underline that such ailment as food allergies is one of the most common “fake” diseases. According to the findings of a study by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (France), every third modern person believes that he or she has a food allergy, but in real no more than 10 per cent of people have one or another type of food allergy.

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