Taking vitamin D supplements can protect patients who have asthma. A new body of research found that taking supplements containing vitamin D reduces the risk of asthma attacks and in turn reduces hospital admissions for attacks.
The number of asthma attacks decreased by 3 percent when patients used the supplements. Treating asthma with vitamin D also reduced the need for steroid pills, which can cause side effects.
The research was done with 435 kids and 658 adults who suffered from mild and moderate asthma. Lead author of the study, Prof. Adrian Martineau has noted that the results look promising. Adding a vitamin D supplement to the standard treatment for asthma reduced the risk of attacks significantly and did not cause side effects.
Severe asthma attacks have not been studied to the same extent. Further studies are needed to determine whether patients who have severe asthma could get any benefits from taking vitamin D supplements.
There is a growing scientific interest in supplements with vitamin D. Some say it helps treat other respiratory infections, which may increase the asthma attacks.
A novel treatment for asthma, Fevipiprant was introduced this year. It claims to be more effective than traditional treatments.
This essential vitamin is also known as the “sunshine vitamin.” It promotes bone development, it is a component of 35 other tissues and white blood cells. It can give an immunity boost in other illnesses and act as an anti-inflammatory treatment.
Dr. Rebecca Normansell recommends people to take a blood test to see what their level of vitamin D is and then talk to a GP or pharmacist for advice over supplements.
Prof. Martineau pointed out that asthma patients should not replace their treatment with supplements, but they should add vitamin D to their treatment.
Although some may say supplements have no effect on the general health, doctors recommend supplements for people who lack vitamins. The recommendation to take supplements usually comes as a result of a blood test that shows low levels of a certain vitamin. Some conditions require vitamin boosts to help the body cope with the condition.
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