Organic milk for mothers cuts babies' allergy risk

MOTHERS who drink organic milk during pregnancy and while breastfeeding could help their babies avoid allergies, research suggested yesterday.

A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that organic dairy products might help children fight off asthma, eczema and other allergies.

The researchers, from Maastricht University's Louis Bolk Institute, suggested the conditions could be avoided if children also drank the milk.

Children who drank organic milk and whose mothers drank organic milk during pregnancy had a 36 per cent lower incidence of eczema than those using normal dairy products.
Previous research has shown that organic milk has higher levels of vitamin E, omega 3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants.

Studies also suggest milk from pasture-fed cows may contain more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) - a type of fat which might protect against health problems.

Source - Scotsman