Vitamin D may fight breathing problems in children

December 28, 2010 1:06:47 PM PST
Recent studies show vitamin D isn't just good for our bones, it also helps our immune system.

Now another study suggests taking vitamin D supplements during pregnancy may reduce the risk of breathing problems in children.

In the study, doctors measured the amount of vitamin D in the cord blood of more than 900 babies, then followed those children to age five.

Based on their results, it seems babies with higher levels of vitamin D were two times less likely to have had a respiratory infection, such as bronchitis, compared to the babies with lower levels of the vitamin.

However, the extra vitamin D did not have an effect on the asthma rates.

The study is published in the journal Pediatrics and the researchers plan on doing follow-up studies.


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