Researchers from the German Research Center for Environmental Health, in Neuherberg studied the association between eating fish and the risk of developing allergic diseases in adults.

First, the details.

  • 388 adults completed extensive questionnaires.
  • Lung function and IgE testing were also done.
    • More on this is at Allergy Capital.

And, the results.

  • Higher fish intake was associated with less allergic sensitization in women but not in men.
  • No other effect was related to eating fish or omega-3 consumption.

The bottom line?
The authors concluded, “The findings… suggest that adult females with a high fish and DHA [docosahexaenoic acid in omega-3] intake have a lower rate of allergic sensitization.

Why men didn’t respond the same is a mystery.

5/28/09 10:55 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.