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Fish oil supplements in pregnancy 'may reduce allergies'

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Health Desk: 01 March, 2018: New research suggests, taking a daily fish oil capsule during pregnancy and the first few months of breastfeeding may reduce a baby's risk of food allergy.

This led to a 30% reduction in egg allergy risk by the age of one, according to a large analysis of past trials by Imperial College London.

Fish oil contains a special kind of fat called omega-3 that has a positive, anti-inflammatory effect.

One in 20 children in the UK is affected by allergies to food, such as nuts, eggs, milk or wheat - and it's a growing problem.

Dr Robert Boyle, lead author of the research, from the department of medicine at Imperial College London, said: "Our research suggests probiotic and fish oil supplements may reduce a child's risk of developing an allergic condition, and these findings need to be considered when guidelines for pregnant women are updated."

Courtesy: BBC Health