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Analysis Of Studies Finds Links Between Vitamins, Fruit/Vegetable Intake And Asthma Prevention

December 27, 2010: 11:09 AM EST

Acknowledging that the findings from 62 non-controlled studies were weak, British researchers nevertheless said they supported a link between asthma prevention and intake of vitamins A, D, and E, zinc, fruits and vegetables, and a Mediterranean diet. The studies examined records of women's diets and other anecdotal evidence and so were less reliable than clinical trials. Seventeen of the studies looked at fruit and vegetable consumption, finding a lower risk of asthma and allergies. Two found a 75 percent lower risk of asthma among children with higher levels of vitamin A. And lower risk of newborn wheezing was found among pregnant women who consumed large amounts of vitamin D and E. Researchers warned that the findings do not warrant wholesale dietary changes among pregnant women and parents, but do warrant further studies.

Ulugbek Nurmatov, et al. , "Nutrients and foods for the primary prevention of asthma and allergy: Systematic review and meta-analysis", The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, December 27, 2010, © Elsevier, Inc.
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