Vitamin B levels during pregnancy 'may affect child's eczema risk'

26 September 2016

Women's vitamin B intake during pregnancy can have a potentially notable impact on their child's risk of developing eczema, according to a new study.

Research from the University of Southampton has indicated that infants whose mothers had a higher level of a particular type of vitamin B during pregnancy have a lower risk of eczema at the age of 12 months.

Looking at 497 women that took part in the Southampton Women's Survey, it was shown that offspring of mothers with higher levels of nicotinamide - a naturally occurring form of vitamin B3 - had a 30 per cent lower chance of developing atopic eczema at 12 months.

It is known that nicotinamide and related nutrients play a key role in supporting the body's immune responses and energy metabolism.

This is the first study to link maternal serum levels of nicotinamide - which is found in fish, meat, chicken, mushrooms, nuts and coffee - and related metabolites to the risk of atopic eczema in the child.

Professor Keith Godfrey, director of the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre in Nutrition, said: "More research is needed to investigate this interesting association, but the findings are further evidence of the potential benefits of eating a healthy balanced diet during pregnancy."

Posted by Philip Briggs


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