(NaturalPath) According to a study out of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, a higher intake of foods containing vitamin D during pregnancy – but not supplemental vitamin D intake – was associated with a reduced risk of development of allergies in children.
The study evaluated 1,248 mothers and their children in the United States from the first trimester until the children were seven years old. The results indicated a 20 percent reduction in hay fever at school age for those individuals that ingested a higher amount of food-based vitamin D (about an eight-ounce serving of milk per day). There was no risk reduction linked to vitamin D intake by supplement.
Vitamin D modulates the immune system, and its potential role in asthma and allergy has been of interest. This study is unique because it assess vitamin D levels at multiple points and by different methods in both the mothers and school-age children.
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