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Omega-3 acids linked to child allergies, prostate risk

Published on Jul 11, 2013 10:02 PM

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Omega-3 fatty acids, often taken to boost health, appear to increase the risk of childhood allergies and prostate cancer, according to two studies unveiled on Thursday.

Newborns with high levels of unsaturated fats in their blood were more prone to develop an allergy than those with lower blood concentrations, according to a probe by three Swedish universities.

"It is already known that unsaturated fatty acids inhibit activation of the immune system. This can be useful when you are old," Agnes Wold, a physician at the clinical microbiology department of Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska University Hospital, said in a statement.

"But the baby's immune system needs to get a kickstart, otherwise it does not develop properly," she said.

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