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Antioxidants Reduce Risk Of Atopic Dermatitis In Children - Study

January 27, 2010: 06:16 AM EST
Korean researchers have found that increased consumption of beta-carotene, vitamin E, folic acid, and iron may reduce the risk of a form of eczema known as atopic dermatitis (AD), marked by itching, redness and scaling. The researchers examined the antioxidant content of the diets of AD and non-AD children aged 4 to 6 years, as well as fat-soluble vitamins (retinol, a-tocopherol, and ß-carotene) and vitamin C in blood samples. Though they found no AD risk relationship for vitamin C, they did find that AD risk was reduced by 56 percent with beta-carotene, 67 percent with vitamin E, 63 percent for folic acid, 61 percent with iron, 36 percent with serum a-tocopherol and 26 percent with retinol.
"Antioxidant nutrient intakes and corresponding biomarkers associated with the risk of atopic dermatitis in young children", European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, January 27, 2010, via European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, © Nature Publishing Group
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