London: Scientists may have found cure for childhood asthma in a soup.They have modified a range of commercially available soups to boost vitamin E levels and hope pregnant women consuming the products will have babies with built-in protection against asthma.Previous research has shown that women lacking vitamin E in their diet give birth to children who are more at risk of developing asthma by the age of five.The team added natural ingredients containing the vitamin, such as sun-dried tomatoes, sunflower oil, beans and lentils, to canned soup.In a pilot study starting in the next month, 25 women 12 weeks into their pregnancies will be given three bowls of vitamin E-enhanced soup a week. Another group of 25 women will eat ordinary soup, but neither will know what variety they are getting.
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