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Can Your Diet Protect You Against Asthma?

What you eat might affect your risk of developing allergies or asthma -- and it could even affect the allergies of your children. Zinc, vitamins A, D, and E, and fruits and vegetables all seem to have a protective role.

More than seven percent of adult Americans, and a higher percentage of children, have asthma. The lung disease has been on the rise in recent decades, and it now causes more than 13 million annual visits to emergency rooms and doctors' offices.

According to Reuters:

"... [T]wo reports suggested that children with higher levels of vitamin A in their bodies had a 75 percent lower risk of developing asthma. Pregnant women who ate a lot of vitamins D ... and E ... were between 30 and 40 percent less likely to have a child who wheezed, often a sign of asthma. Also, sticking to a Mediterranean diet ... during pregnancy was also tied to a drop of nearly 80 percent in babies' risk of wheezing."

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