Got Asthma? Vitamin D May Be Your Answer

Asthma can be a very serious health issue. More than half (53%) of people with asthma had an asthma attack in 2008. More children (57%) than adults (51%) had an attack. According to the CDC (Center of Disease Control) in 2011, one in 12 people (about 25 million, or 8% of the population). Could there be a simple way to relieve the severity of asthma? Yes. Recent research shows Vitamin D as a benefit. Not only does this vitamin help for bone density but it also helps with asthma.

How could a Vitamin D deficiency be correlated with asthma?

Vitamin D Council explains:

Vitamin D is a nutrient that the body produces when the skin is exposed to the sun. Supplementation and sun exposure is essential for the body to receive adequate vitamin D. Doctors and scientists believe there is a link between vitamin D and asthma, because individuals are more likely to get asthma if they live in a city, are obese or African American. These people are also more likely to be vitamin D deficient.

Vitamin D Council explains why Vitamin D can be beneficial for those with asthma

If an individual has asthma, their airways swell, clog with mucus and tighten because they become inflamed. Inflammation is the body’s response to an injury, infection or irritation. Doctors and scientists are interested in vitamin D, because it reduces inflammation. So, in theory, it may make the airways healthier by building better airways in early childhood, improving day-to-day symptoms and decreasing the risk for an asthma attack.

Doctors and scientists are also interested in vitamin D, because it makes the immune system stronger by helping the body produce defenses to fight off infections. A smarter immune system may reduce inflammation and the likelihood of developing an infection along with an asthma attack.

Cochrane researchers, an International not-for-profit organization preparing, maintaining and promoting the accessibility of systematic reviews of the effects of health care, studied 435 children and 658 adults who ranged from mild to moderate asthma. The subjects were given a Vitamin D supplement dosage ranging from 400 to 4,000 units a day.

The subjects who took the Vitamin D supplement had a reduction in risk of attack by 37 percent. The number of attacks requiring emergency intervention decreased by more than 60%.

Cochrane Review's lead author, Professor Adrian Martineau from the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, Queen Mary University of London, said, "We found that taking a vitamin D supplement in addition to standard asthma treatment significantly reduced the risk of severe asthma attached, without causing side effects."

In fact, Vitamin D Council's many studies showed a correlation between Vitamin D supplementation and lower risk of asthma:

  • A study in Canada involving people between the ages of 13 to 69 years found that those with vitamin D levels below 20 ng/mL (50 nmol/L) were 50% more likely to have asthma than those with levels between 20 and 30 ng/ml. Those with low levels were also twice as likely to have had asthma at one point in their life.
  • Several studies have found that people who spend more time in the sun have lower rates of asthma. A study in the United States found that higher latitude, lower sunlight in winter and lower temperatures were linked to higher rates of asthma.
  • A study in Spain found that children between the ages of 6-7 years had a 6% reduced risk of asthma for each 100 hours spent in the sun per year. However, those between 13-14 years of age only experienced a 1% reduced risk under the same conditions.
  • A study involving 6-7 year old children from 10 European countries and 13-14 year old children from 13 European countries in the fall and winter found that the highest associations with asthma were low temperature, low sunshine and rainfall.
  • A study in Turkey found that children with asthma had much lower vitamin D levels and spent less time in the sun than age-matched children.

What are you to do?

Take your Vitamin D supplement. Make sure your children have Vitamin D in their chewable multivitamin. Besides bone health, Vitamin D has lowered the risk and severity of asthma in many worldwide clinical trials and studies.

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