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Vitamins C and E do not protect against asthma

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Increased vitamin C and E intake by pregnant women does not protect their children from wheezing and asthma, despite previous suggestions to the contrary, according to research by King’s College London and Imperial College London.

The Asthma UK-funded study involved 643 women who had either received vitamin supplements or identical-looking placebo tablets during pregnancy. Follow up analysis showed taking vitamin C and E supplements had no impact on their children’s risk of wheezing or eczema at age two.

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  • This is an odd story. Your headline is misleading and the reporting misses imporatnt information,. The study itself seems very confused and not surprisingly didn't show a therapeutic result. They seem to be hypothesising that vit c and e will have an effect on the infants of mothers who are at a defined risk of pre-eclampsia and who have asthma but are trying to measure the vicarious effect of these vitamins by evaluating the healthcare utilisation of the infants.
    There's no specifics in addressing the type of asthma the mother has, why the mother is at risk of pre-eclampsia, what other medication or medical intervention there is or not, what diet the mothers were following..........
    I'm not sure what they were expecting with such a confused and busy hypothesis.

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