A META-ANALYSIS OF CLINICAL TRIALS FEATURING VITAMIN D SUGGESTS A LINK TO IMPROVED ASTHMA SYMPTOM CONTROL IN TEST SUBJECTSLOOKING TO BREATHE FREE? A HUMBLE VITAMIN MAY BE COMING TO YOUR RESCUE.
Recently, an meta-analysis of nine different studies involving double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical tests measuring the efficacy of Vitamin D in modulating asthma exacerbation risk and symptom control yielded some surprising results.
The impetus for the studies was based on anecdotal observations of an unusual correlation between high risk of asthma attacks/symptoms and low blood levels of Vitamin D. In the consequent investigations, study duration ranged from four to twelve months and the majority of the subjects had mild or moderate asthma.
This is where it gets interesting. Test subjects given vitamin D experienced fewer asthma attacks needing treatment with oral steroids. The average number of attacks per subject per year went down from 0.44 to 0.28 with vitamin D supplementation. Vitamin D appeared to reduce the risk of acute asthma attack from 6 per 100 subjects to around 3 per 100. Researchers concluded that Vitamin D may be likely to offer some moderate support on the asthma front.
Should you be taking Vitamin D? Well, Vitamin D has already been associated with support of bone mass, strength increase, and even immune function in healthy athletes. These findings suggest that Vitamin D might be even more versatile a nutrient than we previously thought. Obviously, Vitamin D may be a good support nutrient but should not take the place of any prescribed medications.
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