06 March 2013

LOW VITAMIN D LEVELS LINKED TO FOOD ALLERGIES

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Past research and present studies continue to link low vitamin D levels to food allergies.

In recent research, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (http://www.jacionline.org/) there are indications babies with low vitamin D levels are more likely to have food allergies.

The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute studied more than 5200 one-year-olds and found those with insufficient vitamin D were three times more likely to have a food allergy and more likely to have multiple food allergies. This link was only evident for low vitamin D babies with Australian-born parents. These findings may help to explain Australia's high food allergy rates, particularly in the southern states. Previous research showed food allergies are more common the further from the equator. There may also be links to skin colour, genetic and environmental factors.

The latest research provides the first evidence that vitamin D may be important in preventing food allergies in infants. Researchers will now look at whether the link between vitamin D levels and food allergies begins during pregnancy, or in the first year of life.

The Telethon Institute of Child Health also conducted a study linking poor language skills in children to lack of vitamin D in the womb.

http://www.childhealthresearch.org.au/news-events/media-releases/2012/february/new-research-links-poor-language-to-lack-of-vitamin-d-in-womb.aspx

Sunshine and foods are the best way to get enough vitamin D in your diet.

Salmon/ mackerel

Tuna/ sardines in oil

Eggs (in yolk)

Fortified breakfast cereals

Margarine

Milk

Cheese

 

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