Eating foods rich in vitamin D during pregnancy
could reduce a child's risk of developing allergies by up to 25 percent, according to an American study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Lead study author Dr Supinda Bunyavanich recommends foods naturally rich in the vitamin -- such as fish, eggs, dairy products, mushrooms and cereals -- rather than relying on dietary supplements,which the study found ineffective at reducing the allergy risk.
The scientist considers that the vitamin's positive effect on asthma and allergies results from its capacity to modulate the immune system.
This study may influence nutritional counselling and recommendations to expectant mothers to include vitamin D-rich foods in their diets.
In this Video, Dr. Supinda Bunyavanich discuses her research!