Japanese Researchers Find Vitamin E Lowers Eczema Risk in Children

Children who eat lots of foods containing vitamin E may have a lower risk of developing the itchy skin condition called eczema.

Japanese researchers measured substances in the blood of nearly 400 children. They found that those with the highest levels of vitamin E-related compounds were at a 67 percent lower risk of eczema.

Although the study does not prove cause and effect, researchers say this study is more precise than earlier research.

Vitamin E-rich foods include sunflower seeds, wheat germ, almonds and some leafy greens.

Children who eat lots of foods containing vitamin E have a lower risk of the itchy skin condition called eczema.

Vitamin E, found in vegetable oils, nuts, and whole grains, is considered good for skin because of its antioxidant properties. However, no study in the past has examined vitamin E’s role in lowering the risk of eczema. The limited number of previous studies used only food questionnaires and such surveys can be somewhat unreliable as they are based on participants recall . To look into the association of vitamin E and eczema risk, researchers followed 396 Japanese children, aged between 10 and 13 years, 240 of whom had eczema, wheezing, or asthma. The researchers measured the levels of vitamin A and E in the participants’ blood.

Kids who eat lots of foods containing vitamin E may have a lower risk of the itchy skin condition called eczema, a new study in Japanese youngsters shows.

At the same time, foods rich in vitamin A don't seem to protect against allergies, despite earlier studies suggesting they do.

Dr. Masayuki Okuda of Yamaguchi University in Ube and colleagues measured the levels of substances in the blood that showed how much of the two vitamins children were likely eating. They focused on asthma and eczema because both are allergy-related conditions.

Fans of natural skin care may be interested to read a recent Japanese study which found children with more Vitamin E in their diet were less likely to develop itchy skin diseases like eczema.

The study was performed on a group of 396 ten to thirteen year olds, 240 of whom had eczema, wheezing, or asthma. The scientists found that the kids with the highest level of Vitamin E in their diet were 67% less likely to suffer from eczema.