Food allergies linked to low Vitamin D

 

A new Australian study has found babies with low vitamin D levels are more likely to have food allergies.

In a study of 5000 children, researchers from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) in Melbourne found that one-year-olds with vitamin D deficiency were three times more likely to have a food allergy than those whose levels were sufficient.

The study found the link was only evident for low vitamin D babies with Australian-born parents, leading researchers to speculate that the link may relate to skin colour, genetic or environmental reasons.

The findings are compatible with existing research that indicates the further from the equator, the more cases of food allergies.

 

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