Adequate Vitamin D3 Supplementation during Pregnancy: Decreasing the Prevalence of Asthma and Food AllergiesFinkel J1, Cira C1, Mazzella L1, Bartyzel J1, Ramanna A1, Strimel K1, Waturuocha A1, Musser N1, Burress J1, Brammer S1, Wetzel R1,2 and Horzempa J1,3*
- *Corresponding Author:
- Horzempa J
Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
West Liberty University
West Liberty, WV, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: December 08, 2015; Accepted: December 18, 2015; Published: December 28, 2015
Citation: Finkel J, Cira C, Mazzella L, Bartyzel J, Ramanna A (2015) Adequate Vitamin D3 Supplementation during Pregnancy: Decreasing the Prevalence of Asthma and Food Allergies. Matern Pediatr Nutr 1:105. doi: 10.4172/2472-1182.1000105
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Vitamin D is a secosterol that is naturally synthesized in the skin upon contact with ultraviolet rays. This vitamin can also be acquired from dietary and nutritional supplements. The active form, vitamin D3, is primarily responsible for calcium homeostasis and bone health. However, many recent studies have associated low levels of vitamin D3 with asthma and food allergies. In this review, we discuss literature to explore the potential that vitamin D3 deficiency may be contributing toward the development of asthma and food allergies. These studies indicate that mothers who supplement with doses of vitamin D3 recommended for daily consumption (400 IU) by the United States Food and Drug Administration is not enough to deliver adequate levels to breastfed infants. Because sufficient vitamin D3 serum levels correlate with a low incidence of asthma and food allergies, high dose vitamin D3 supplementation (4000 IU) by pregnant and breastfeeding women may limit the development of asthma and food allergies in newborns.