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Blackcurrant Seed Oil Could Reduce Risk Of Eczema In Young Children

July 19, 2010: 07:57 AM EST
Mothers who took blackcurrant seed oil (BCSO) supplements from pregnancy through breastfeeding reduced the prevalence of the chronic skin disorder known as atopic dermatitis (eczema) in their children, according to a study in Finland. Eighty-two percent of the parents were prone to atopic disorders, making the children at high-risk for atopic dermatitis. The BCSO supplements were continued until the children were two years old. Researchers said the BCSO supplements were well tolerated; the prevalence of atopic dermatitis in the BCSO group was significantly lower than in the control group at the age of 12 months. “[BCSO] could therefore be one potential tool in the prevention of atopic symptoms when used at an early stage of life,” the researchers concluded.
Linnamaa, P. , Savolainen, J.; Koulu, L. ; Tuomasjukka, S. ; Kallio, H. ; Yang, B.; Vahlberg, T.; Tahvonen, "Blackcurrant seed oil for prevention of atopic dermatitis in newborns: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial", Clinical & Experimental Allergy, July 19, 2010, © Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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