Clinical trial data suggests prenatal vitamin D reduces a child's risk of asthma
Date of Study: November 9, 2023
Source: Brigham and Women’s Hospital
A review of 15 years’ worth of data found that vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy was linked to reduced rates of asthma and wheezing in children compared to standard prenatal multivitamin.
Read on to discover more.
A new review paper from investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a founding member of the Mass General Brigham healthcare system, strengthens the link between vitamin D levels during pregnancy and childhood wheezing and asthma in offspring.
The researchers published their review paper in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
“Vitamin D deficiency is very common, especially in pregnant women who are not taking supplements,” study first author Scott T Weiss, associate director of the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham Women’s Hospital and professor at Harvard Medical School, said.
“Based on our findings, we would recommend that all pregnant women consider a daily intake of at least 4400 IU vitamin D3 throughout their pregnancy, starting at the time of conception.”
Vitamin D is a nutrient from sunlight exposure, diet, or supplements.
It is commonly considered essential to bone health but also has a role in autoimmune and other illnesses.
Source: Science Daily
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