Vitamin D May Help Reduce Number of Severe Asthma Attacks
Asthma is a respiratory condition characterized by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs. A recent study suggests that taking vitamin D supplements along with asthma medication may reduce incidences of severe asthma attacks.
For this study, the researchers examined data from seven trials that included a total of 435 children and two trials that involved a total of 658 adults. The trials had durations ranging from four to 12 moths and the participants had mild to moderate asthma.
After analyzing the data, the researchers found that vitamin D was associated with a reduced rate of severe asthma attacks. It was also associated with reducing the risk of a severe asthma attack requiring an emergency visit to the hospital from 6% to 3%.
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on September 5, 2016, in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
Previous studies have associated vitamin D with reducing the risk of skin damage, reducing the risk of osteoporosis, combating diabetes, and improving age related macular degeneration.
Vitamin D can be found in milk, fortified cereals, fish, and eggs. Your body also processes vitamin D from the sun but it becomes harder for our bodies to process it as we age. A high quality vitamin D supplement is always a good option if you feel that you’re not getting enough through diet and sun.