You know the signs and triggers. You recognise the tightness in your chest and the shortness of breath. The asthma attack is well underway and you break into your go-to treatment routine. It’s a condition many of us go through. But new research proves that there may be a new — and more natural — way to prevent asthma attacks in the first place.
According to a recent study coming out of Queen Mary University of London, vitamin D can seriously lower your chances of having a serious asthma attack, especially when you’ve paired it with your regular medication.
Sure, exposure to sunlight is one of the most tried-and-true methods of getting your vitamin D fix (there’s a reason why it’s one of the most highly prescribed ways to combat seasonal affective disorder during the darker winter months), but adding a regular supplement into your medication routine can also do the trick.
The researchers followed the asthma triggers and symptoms of nearly 1,000 study participants and found that vitamin D capsules led to a 30 percent drop in asthma attacks that required injections or tablets, and even a 50 percent drop in severe attacks that resulted in hospitalisation.
There are plenty of reasons to boost your intake of vitamin D. From improved immunity, to increased muscle strength and bone development, and even balanced blood sugar levels, the powerful nutrient is not just good for one thing. And now, it could also bring you much-needed asthma relief.
“Vitamin D is safe to take and relatively inexpensive, so supplementation represents a potentially cost-effective strategy to reduce this problem,” says Adrian Martineau, PhD, in a press release.
But before you head to the pharmacy and buy a bottle of vitamin D pills, consult your doctor (and look for alternatives if you’re not a fan of swallowing pills). Then set your strategy toward breathing better, one step at a time.