Vitamin D can help asthma, says Adrian R. Martineau, PhD. About half the people with asthma get major attacks requiring systemic corticosteroids.

In that group, those who took vitamin D supplements were 50% less likely to need hospitalization and 30% less likely to have subsequent attacks requiring stroids.

If you have severe asthma attacks, ask your doctor to test your vitamin D level and discuss supplementation if the level is low. Vitamin D is generally well-tolerated in doses of 500IU to 2,000IU per day.

Source: Bottom Line Personal December 2017  Adrian R. Martineau, B Med Sci, PhD, is clinical professor of respiratory immunity and infection at Centre for Primary Care and Health, Blizard Institute at Queen Mary University of London, UK.

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