Friday, February 25, 2011

College Study Finds Vita D Helps Prevent Allergies

A new study reveals that kids are likely to develop allergy due to low levels of Vitamin-D in their body.

Researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University did a study on more than 3,000 children to confirm this report.

The scientists check the serum Vitamin-D levels in the blood collected in 2005-2006. These samples were derived from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) of around 3,100 children and adolescents and about 3,400 adults. Each blood samples were tested with 17 different allergens by measuring the levels of Immunoglobulin E, a protein generated when immune system responds to allergens.

These results were analyzed by Einstein researchers. They did not find any association between Vitamin-D levels and allergies in case of adults. For the children with low vitamin-D levels correlated with 11 out of 17 allergens tested.

The research only shows an association of vitamin-D deficiency with allergy, but does not prove anything.
"The latest dietary recommendations calling for children to take in 600 IU of vitamin D daily should keep them from becoming vitamin-D deficient", Michal Melamed, assistant professor of medicine at Einstein.

She also mentioned that children should consume required amount of vitamins in their diet to stay fit.