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Pregnant women told Vitamin E could prevent asthma in children

Eating grains and cereal could reduce risk, study finds

Posted: 15 March 2010
by Liz Jarvis
Pregnant women told Vitamin E could prevent asthma in children
Vitamin E-rich antenatal diet could prevent asthma

Pregnant women are being urged to eat more grains and cereal in a bid to reduce the number of children suffering from asthma.

Scientists at the University of Aberdeen say a study of pregnant women in the north east of Scotland has revealed a link between an antenatal diet low in Vitamin E and the rise of the respiratory condition in the UK.

Professor Graham Devereux said: 'We have found evidence that a maternal diet low in foods containing vitamin E - for example, grains, nuts and and cereals - affects the way the babies' lungs developed and how the immune system responded to allergens.'

However, last year a Dutch study found that eating nuts could actually put unborn babies at greater risk of developing asthma.

Alternative sources of Vitamin E include asparagus, avocado and spinach.


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