Study: Higher Vitamin C intake during pregnancy may increase risk of asthma in kids

While women who take vitamin E during pregnancy seem to lower their offspring’s risk of asthma in early childhood, intake of vitamin C may actually raise the risk, according to a recent study by Scottish researchers. Several reports have linked vitamin E with an apparent protective effect. By contrast, the vitamin C finding is novel and runs counter to previous reports that suggest, at the very least, no effect and possibly a reduced risk of asthma, the investigators report in the January 15, 2005 edition of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Sheelagh Martindale and colleagues, from the University of Aberdeen, stand by their findings and the research methods, but acknowledge that confirmatory studies are needed before any recommendations can be made to pregnant women. To read the abstract from the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, visit //