Surely many people know that vitamin D is necessary for the child's body for the prevention of rickets. But few people know that this vitamin is very important for the immune system - it is able to prevent the development of food allergies.
At the beginning of this decade, Australian researchers became worried when they found that many pregnant women (up to 30%) had a pronounced deficiency of vitamin D in the body. And although the incidence of rickets in the country almost did not increase, but the number of babies suffering from various food allergies has significantly increased.
Such allergic diseases are characterized by severe course, difficult treatment, but, most importantly, they threaten the development of anaphylactic shock and even death for sick children.
In this regard, researchers from the Murdoch Scientific Pediatric Center decided to conduct a study and prove the link between the high risk of food allergies and the lack of vitamin D in the children's body.
The authors examined 5,200 children under the age of 1 year and found that vitamin D deficiency increased the risk of developing food allergies by 1 product 3 times, and the risk of multiple food allergies (several products at once) increased at least 4 times.
“At the next stage of the study, we plan to establish whether there is a connection between vitamin deficiency and the risk of developing food allergies even at the stage of intrauterine development, or it appears in the first year of reading,” says Professor Katy Allen, head of the research group.