Monday, December 08, 2014
Scientists have given further reasons for taking vitamin D supplements as it may help ease breathing troubles. American researchers have found that vitamin D supplementation could reduce flare-ups of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) lung disease by more than 40%, especially in those who were deficient in this vitamin.
This randomised clinical trial study, published in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine, is the first study to identify the role of vitamin D supplementation in lessening the severity and duration of COPD symptoms.
The study included 240 patients with COPD in London; half of the patients received vitamin D3 supplements and the other half received placebo. They found that vitamin D3 supplementation protected against moderate or severe exacerbation of COPD symptoms, but not against upper respiratory tract infection in patients with baseline vitamin D3 levels less than 50 nmol/L.
“Our research has shown how an inexpensive vitamin supplement can significantly reduce the risk of flare- ups for patients who are vitamin D deficient, which could have a major public health benefit. Our findings suggests that patients with COPD should have their vitamin D status tested and should begin taking supplements if their levels are found to be low,” said the researchers.
Flare-ups of COPD could be severe and sometimes lead to hospitalisation and even death. Thus, by simply ensuring a good vitamin D status, one can breathe easy!
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