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Can Mom's Vitamin E Head off Child's Asthma Risk?

New research reported by MedicineNet.com indicates that moms with low levels of vitamin E right after birth had children who were more likely to develop asthma. Study authors said the “major sources of vitamin E are oils such as sunflower, safflower, corn, soy and canola.”

Vitamin E is an important fat-soluble vitamin and antioxidant that helps combat inflammation and make red blood cells. It also helps your body use vitamin K, which is important for heart health. Insufficient vitamin E can increase your risk for a wide variety of diseases, including immune dysfunction, cognitive deterioration and cardiovascular disease.

But before you reach for the oils mentioned above — some of which are mostly derived from genetically engineered plants grown with herbicides like Roundup — know that you can also get vitamin E from leafy greens, high-fat foods such as nuts, seeds and fatty fish/seafood, and oil-rich/high-fat plants such as olives and avocados.

Other foods that are high in vitamin E include sunflower seeds, almonds, wheat germ oil and hazel nuts.

If you decide to take a supplement, make sure it's a high-quality supplement made with all-natural ingredients. (Synthetic versions are typically identified by the "dl" at the beginning (dl-alpha-tocopherol), while non-synthetic uses a "d" (d-alpha-tocopherol).) Also be sure that it is completely free of soybean oil derivatives.

This is because the majority of soy grown in the U.S. has the added disadvantage of being genetically engineered (GE), which means it may be heavily contaminated with the toxic herbicide Roundup.

I also recommend avoiding supplements made from corn and cotton seed.
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