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Researchers have found that women who have the highest consumption of vitamin C during late pregnancy are two to three times more likely to develop wheezing when they reach two years of age. This may be explained by the fact that those consuming more vitamin C might be more health conscious and thus more likely to notice wheezing in their children but nevertheless, researchers warn women to be careful when taking vitamin C supplements and to try to maintain adequate nutrition through diet. High maternal vitamin C was also linked to increased incidence of vitamin C. This study somewhat contradicts other studies which found that high fruit intake by children was linked to lower risk of wheezing and high vitamin C consumption during pregnancy was linked to a lowered risk of allergy or asthma in children. In support of the study though, is another US study which found that infants taking multivitamins were more prone to asthma and food allergies. Researchers also found that a high intake of Vitamin E by mothers as much as halved the risk of wheezing in children.
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About: Vitamin C supplementation during pregnancy may increase the risk of wheezing but vitamin E may decrease the risk
Date: 18 January 2005
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