Vitamin D may help asthma

Vitamin D has always been associated with bone health, but research shows that vitamin D may help asthma too.     According to research published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, vitamin D deficiency has been associated with increase airway reactivity, lower lung function, and worsening of asthma control.   It is believed that Vitamin D may help improve asthma by blocking inflammatory chemicals in the lungs as well as by increasing proteins that have anti-inflammatory effects in the lungs.    A good source of vitamin D is sun exposure, and it turns out that “..asthma gets worse in the winter, when vitamin D is down”, due to poor sun exposure  says Thomas B. Casale, MD, a professor of medicine and the chair of allergy and immunology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.  So if you can’t get out in the sun, you might have to take a vitamin D supplement.  How much should you take?  This would depend on determining your baseline blood levels of vitamin D.

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About Aroop Banerji N.D., L.Ac

Aroop Banerji N.D.., L.Ac is a naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist. He obtained his bachelor science in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California – Davis. He pursued doctoral education in Naturopathic Medicine and graduate level training in Chinese Medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in using dietary supplements, diet therapies, herbal medicines, and acupuncture for chronic health complaints.
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