If you want to protect children from asthma, then take vitamin D during pregnancy

If you want to protect children from asthma, then take vitamin D during pregnancy

Consuming a diet rich in vitamin D during pregnancy can positively alter the immunity of newborn babies, which may help protect them from diseases such as respiratory infections and asthma. According to lead researcher Katherine Harilowicz from King's College in London, "Most cases of asthma are diagnosed in childhood. This means that the disease begins in the fetus and early life of the infant." The team of researchers looked at the effect on the infant's immunity after taking 4,400 international units of vitamin D during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, compared to 400 (international units) taken on a consultation basis. The study, published in the 'Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, shows that high levels of vitamin D during pregnancy can increase the immunity of newborn babies. Given the strong immunological evidence that vitamin D can protect against asthma early in life, the team believes its effects will improve children's respiratory function in childhood.

Harilowicz said that until now the relationship between vitamin D and immunity in the baby has been investigated and observed, but for the first time, it has been shown that high levels of vitamin D during pregnancy have an effect on the immune system of the newborn. and can provide protection against asthma. According to Harilowicz, future studies should look at the long-term effects on the infant's immunity.

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