The impact of diet on asthma and allergy, part 2: Vitamin D and probiotics

Daniel Venarske, Xinqing Deng, Terryl Hartman, Tina V. Hartert

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Dietary factors, such as intake of fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and probiotics, appear to influence the development of asthma and other allergic disease. The results of recent studies indicate that a higher maternal intake of vitamin D during pregnancy is associated with a lower risk of childhood asthma. However, vitamin D intake among children does not appear to reduce the risk of wheezing in early childhood. Maternal intake of probiotics during pregnancy also appears to have a protective effect against some allergies. For example, supplementation with Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG is associated with a reduced risk of atopic eczema in children. There is no current evidence that probiotic supplementation prevents asthma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)500-508
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Respiratory Diseases
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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