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The Mediterranean Diet by Ronald Ross Watson, Victor R. Preedy

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Chapter 43

Mediterranean Diet and Nutrition for the Primary Prevention of Allergy and Asthma

Dean A. Sewell, BA, PhD1 d.a.sewell@hw.ac.uk; Aziz Sheikh, BSc, MSc, MD2 aziz.sheikh@ed.ac.uk    1 Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom2 The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Abstract

There has been an increase in the incidence and prevalence of allergic diseases, and diet may have epigenetic and regulatory effects that modulate development of the immune system along with other pre- and postnatal influences and immune stimuli. Studies suggest both association and a lack of association of prenatal, postnatal, and infant nutrient intake and diet on the development of childhood allergy and asthma. Some associations of diet ...

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