Asthma researchers turn to soup

10 September 2012 09:43

Scientists are investigating whether vitamin E-rich soup could prevent childhood asthma

Scientists are investigating whether vitamin E-rich soup could prevent childhood asthma

Scientists believe they may have come up with a new weapon in the fight against childhood asthma…soup. Researchers conducting a pilot study have added vitamin E-containing ingredients such as beans to tinned soup. They hope the pregnant women who consume it will have babies with built-in asthma protection.

It's likely the news will be of interest to parents and parents to-be up and down the country. However, those with children who already have asthma can find cover and peace of mind for their holidays by arranging pre-existing medical travel insurance. The study will see 25 12-week-pregnant women eating three bowls of vitamin E-laden broth a week with another group getting ordinary soup. Following their birth the women's babies will be tested for early signs of asthma.

Study leader Professor Graham Devereux, from the University of Aberdeen, said: "The ultimate aim is to reduce the prevalence of asthma by an effective, inexpensive, acceptable and safe public health dietary intervention. If successful, the proposed intervention could form the basis of public health dietary advice to pregnant women that could reduce the prevalence of childhood asthma by 15%-20% within five years."

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