Vitamin D(3) has been linked to improved immune function, neurological function, and improved cognition. It’s one of the most useful and amazing nutrients, and it can be totally free. A step outside on a sunny day is enough to improve the vitamin content in the body, as much as taking a supplement, and even better, it’s absorbed through the skin directly into the body. Be sure not to take a shower for an hour or so in order for the body to do the job of absorption.
Asthma has been studied for years, and it has been found that there are genetic markers which may lead to a tendency to have asthma, but specifically testing has been done on those who have this marker to determine whether or not Vitamin D may mitigate attacks.
According to an article from Mr. Mercola’s blog from 2010:
“Asthma has increased by more than 300 percent over the last two decades, now affecting some 20 million Americans, and if vitamin D is even partially responsible for this meteoric rise in prevalence, then the answer is literally right outside your door.”
According to aaaai.org, the costs of asthma to the economy is significant.
• Asthma cost the US about $3,300 per person with asthma each year from 2002 to 2007 in medical expenses, missed school and work days, and early deaths.2
• Asthma costs in the US grew from about $53 billion in 2002 to about $56 billion in 2007, about a 6% increase.2
• More than half (59%) of children and one-third (33%) of adults who had an asthma attack missed school or work because of asthma in 2008. On average, in 2008 children missed 4 days of school and adults missed 5 days of work because of asthma.“..
Science Daily has just published an article which brings much needed good news to asthma sufferers everywhere. And a strong suggestion to go out an play.
“According to a paper recently published in the journal Allergy, measuring and, if need be, boosting Vitamin D levels could help manage asthma attacks. The research, conducted by Dr. Ronit Confino-Cohen of TAU’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Meir Medical Center, and the Clalit Research Institute, and Dr. Becca Feldman of the Clalit Research Institute drew on the records of millions of patients and used physician diagnoses, rather than self-reports, for evidence of asthma episodes.”