(22-06-2018) Children born to mothers who eat a lot of vegetables are less likely to be asthmatic
(Natural News) Eating a lot of vegetables will not just benefit you – if you’re pregnant, it may also help your baby reduce their chances of developing asthma, according to a study published in theEuropean Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In the study, researchers from theNational Research Institute for Child Health and Developmentin Japan looked at how vegetable intake during the early stages of pregnancy can affect neonatal health, in particular, wheezing.
Asthma refers to theinflammation of the lungs and the airwayswhen it is exposed to certain triggers (allergens) – making it difficult to breathe. While the condition is the same for both adults and children, it poses a unique set of challenges when the latter is affected. In particular, this impairs the quality of life of children, as it interferes with normal play, sports, school activities, and even sleeping. This affects their development, as they miss school days because of the condition. Childhood asthma is also a leading cause of hospital visits for children. If left unmanaged, this can lead to even more dangerous and potentially life-threatening attacks.
According to the latest data from theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), over750,000 newbornsin the U.S. have asthma. These contribute to over half of reported asthma attacks in a year.
In the cohort study, which was conducted in Tokyo, researchers used a survey to gather data from pregnant respondents – in particular, their feeding habits and the frequency by which they consumed certain types of food items. Two years after their children were born, the team followed up on the individuals to gather data using theInternational Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhoodquestionnaire. The answers that were given by the respondents were analyzed to determine any association between maternal vegetable intake and wheezing.
Researchers found that women who consumed more leafy greens, as well as folate-rich vegetables, resulted in having children who had a lower incidence of wheezing than those who ate less vegetables. They also found that the effect is true for maternal vegetable intake during early pregnancy; however, no association was found for women in the middle or at the end of their pregnancies. (Related:Expectant mothers reduce diabetes risk in newborns by eating more vegetables.)
“Maternal vegetable intake during early pregnancy may have a protective effect against asthma in offspring at 2 years of age,” the researchers concluded.
Recommended vegetables for pregnant women
It’s true when you hear people saying pregnant women eat for two: An unborn child relies heavily on the mother’s diet toget vitamins and mineralsessential for his development. These include the following:
Beta caroteneis essential for cell and tissue development, immune system, and development.
Folatepromotes birth weight and prevents neural tube defects.
Potassiumregulates blood pressure.
Vitamin Cis required for bone development and collagen.
Here are somerecommended vegetables for pregnant women.
Avocadosare rich in folate, which helps in brain development of the fetus.
Beetrootshelp detoxify the blood during pregnancy, which prevents any birth defects.
Bell pepperscontain vitamin C, which helps repair tissues in the body and helps with iron absorption.
Green peasare rich in vitamin K, which helps with bone development.
Sweet potatoesnot only help mothers produce more milk, but they improve red blood cell formation in the fetus.
Tomatoesprevent cell damage during pregnancy, thanks to their antioxidant content.
Learn more about which foods are best for pregnant women by followingWomensHealth.newstoday.
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