Increasing vitamin C and E during pregnancy will not protect children from wheezing and asthma.
Research funded by Asthma UK and conducted by Professor Anne Greenough at King’s College London and Imperial College London contradicts previous observational studies showing children born to women with low levels of vitamin E were at an increased risk.
Research Relations Manager at Asthma UK, Dr Elaine Vickers says: “Pregnant women are bombarded with advice on how to safeguard their child’s health, and there is a lot of misleading hype around the possible benefits of antioxidant vitamins. Studies like this are therefore essential to help women make well-informed decisions.
“This study shows that taking high doses of vitamins C and E will not help pregnant women protect their children against asthma or other lung conditions.”