New research suggests so
Asthma suffers could halve the risk of experiencing a severe attack by taking a daily vitamin D supplement, suggests new research.
Taking vitamins could be a cheap and effective way of preventing frightening (and potentially deadly) attacks in adults and children.
Researchers discovered the number of people visiting A&E because of an asthma attack dropped from six to three per cent in people taking supplements.
A 30 per cent reduction in the number of asthma sufferers requiring steroid treatment for their attacks was also seen.
The researchers from Queen Mary University in London followed almost 1000 people with asthma for a year and noted how their vitamin D intake corresponded to to the attacks they suffered.
Vitamin D is thought to protect against asthma attacks by boosting the immune system and reducing inflammation in the lungs.
“These results add to the ever growing body of evidence that vitamin D can support immune function as well as bone health,” said lead researcher Professor Adrian Martineau.
Obviously people with asthma should not stop taking their normal asthma medication and replace it with vitamin D. And more research is required to see whether everyone with asthma would benefit or jut people already low in vitamin D.
Whether you have asthma or not, the government advises that everyone should take a vitamin D supplement in the autumn and winter months.