Supplementation with DHA and vitamin D3 from early childhood reduces the risk of allergies
Babies who receive daily DHA in combination with vitamin D3 throughout the first year of life are healthier during adolescence.
Studies show that the use of DHA reduces the risk of upper respiratory tract infections and common allergic diseases, including asthma. Vitamin D3 ensures proper growth and development of bones and teeth, but also good immunity and defence against disease.
One in three children suffers an allergy
Studies show that today in the world every third child between the ages of 3 and 5 has symptoms of some of the allergic diseases – food allergies, eczema (atopic dermatitis), asthma or allergic rhinitis.
The change in lifestyle, which includes changes in diet, and the consumption of more and more industrially processed food, has led to the fact that children do not get all the nutrients they should. This further leads to an imbalance of nutrients in the child’s body, which can negatively affect healthy growth and development, but also the appearance of health problems.
Insufficient intake of foods rich in omega-3 has led to an imbalance of these fatty acids with omega-6 fatty acids. And while their ideal ratio in the body should be 1: 1, they are in a ratio of 1:20 in favour of omega-6.
Omega-3 deficiency and allergies
As one Korean study showed, done for all types of atopic disease (atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, asthma or a combination of these conditions), and in a sample of children aged 4 to 6, the concentration of omega-3 fatty acids in the red blood cell membrane was significantly lower in children who had atopic diseases. The concentration of omega-6 was significantly higher.
The further course of the study led to the conclusion that omega-3 status in the membrane of red blood cells has a significant impact on the occurrence and severity of atopic disease in children.
It is the lack of this essential nutrient in the body that reflects both on the appearance and severity of the disease.
Prevention of allergic diseases in children
The results of the analyzed studies show that taking dietary supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids of marine origin during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding has an effect on preventing the occurrence of allergic diseases in children.
It was also concluded that the number of reported cases of food allergy during the first year of the child’s life was reduced, as well as the incidence of eczema in children at higher risk of allergies, who were birthed by women who used omega-3 supplementation.
Recommendations of paediatricians from Europe
Based on the recommendations of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), neonatologists and paediatricians in Europe and in our region recommend the supplementation of 100 mg of DHA omega-3 fatty acids daily, from birth to 2 years of age.
Babytol D3 + DHA Omega contains 100% of the recommended dose of DHA omega-3 fatty acids of 100 mg and 100% of the recommended dose of vitamin D3 of 400 IU.
http://Hwang I et al., n-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Atopy in Korean Preschoolers, Lipids (2007) 42:345–349