Did you know, that taking sufficient Vitamin D in Pregnancy Can Reduce Child Allergies?
According to a recent study, consuming more vitamin D during pregnancy could help reduce your child’s risk of being born with allergies.
According to the researchers, women should eat vitamin D-rich foods such as fish, eggs, dairy products, mushrooms and cereals.. and while vitamin D supplements won’t do the trick, live foods will.
These findings were published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and were carried out after examination of 1,248 pregnant women and their children.
Vitamin D can modulate a person’s immune system, which might explain how it can possibly protect against allergies—the link between vitamin D and the prevention of allergy and asthma has been a topic of interest for some time. This study assessed vitamin D’s effects during multiple points during and after pregnancy.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in very few foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. It is also produced endogenously when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis.
Very few foods in nature contain vitamin D. The flesh of fatty fish (such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel) and fish liver oils are among the best sources. Small amounts of vitamin D are found in beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks. Vitamin D in these foods is primarily in the form of vitamin D3 and its metabolite 25(OH)D3. Some mushrooms provide vitamin D2 in variable amounts. Mushrooms with enhanced levels of vitamin D2 from being exposed to ultraviolet light under controlled conditions are also available.
Ready-to-eat breakfast cereals often contain added vitamin D, as do some brands of orange juice, yogurt, margarine and other food products.
So, expecting mums to be, make sure you get enough daily intake of Vit D so your babies are born with less allergies!