Vitamin D could easily be one of the most important vitamins for the human body and mind. New research is showing how important it can be to your respiratory health. Deficiencies in this vitamin have also been linked to heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers and now Asthma.
Research that was done over the last 60 years was reviewed and found that deficiancies were linked to lower lung function, airway reactivity, and asthma control.
Vitamin D supplementation may improve asthma control by blocking the cascade of inflammation-causing proteins in the lung, as well as increasing production of the protein interleukin-10, which has anti-inflammatory effects, the study authors suggest (source).
So, who’s at risk? If you live in the Westernized countries, if you are African- American, or obese. This is just one more reason to make sure you are getting enough vitamin D. If you prefer to eat your vitamins then consume eggs, fish, and milk products. However, to make sure you are getting enough, make sure you take a multivitamin or extra D supplement.