Vitamin D deficiency linked to allergies in children

A study of more than 3,000 children has led researchers to the suggestion that low levels of vitamin D may increase the likelihood of developing allergies. The findings have been published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Scientists tested 3,100 children an adolescents, as well as 3,400 adults, collecting blood samples and conducting interviews about dietary habits. Participants’ blood samples were subjected to testing against 17 different allergens. While there was no discernible association of vitamin D levels and allergies in adults, low levels in children and adolescents showed an increased sensitivity to 11 of the allergens tested.

The study’s results imply that parents should be diligent about their children’s vitamin D intake.

“The latest dietary recommendations calling for children to take in 600 IU of vitamin D daily should keep them from becoming vitamin-D deficient,” said lead researcher Michal Melamed.

Those looking to increase their vitamin D intake may want to consider taking dietary supplements, like those offered by Dr. Newton’s Naturals.

Dr. Pinkus’ Sublingual D-3 from Dr. Newton’s Naturals contains the vitamin D equivalent of 125 cups of fortified cereal.

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