Folic acid and vitamin D for allergies and asthma

Vitamin D and folic acid for asthma

Two new studies help us understand the power of nutrition and nutritional supplements to help allergy and asthma.

One study found that people with higher levels of folic acid (vitamin B9) levels had fewer IgE antibodies, fewer reported allergies, less wheezing and lower likelihood of asthma. In another study, researchers found that lower blood levels of vitamin D in children were linked to allergy and asthma severity.

Folic acid, allergies and asthma

Asthma in children is becoming a serious health problem, partly due to obesity and partly due to overuse of antibiotics has caused an overgrowth of Candida, in turn this causes excessive production of signals airways from Candida.

Nutrients are certainly important, and high or low levels of nutrients can influence these problems manifest. It has long been known that magnesium deficiency has a lot to do with people with allergies and asthma. Vitamin C and bioflavonoids, especially quercetin, are helpful in these cases.

In the new study, researchers analyzed the medical records of 8,000 people aged from 2 to 85 years and compared the relationship between folic acid levels and IgE antibody levels, a key marker of immune system related to allergies. People with higher blood levels of folate had fewer IgE antibodies, fewer reported allergies, less wheezing and lower likelihood of asthma. Researchers believe that folic acid was acting to help reduce inflammation.

"Our results are a clear indication that folic acid may indeed help regulate immune response to allergens, and may reduce allergy symptoms and asthma," says lead investigator Elizabeth Matsui, MDMHS, pediatric allergist at Hopkins Children's .

Vitamin D and asthma

In the new study on vitamin D, researchers found that children with lower levels of vitamin D were significantly more likely to be hospitalized for asthma, tended to have airways with increased hyperreactivity and will likely have to use the corticosteroid inhalers more often, which means more severe asthma. These children also were significantly more likely to have several markers of allergy higher, including sensitivity to dust mites.

It appears that the deficiencies of nutrients in common foods set the stage for excessive inflammatory reactions, including allergy and asthma. Parents obviously should improve the quality of the diet of any child with an allergy problem or asthma.

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