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TAKING a daily Vitamin D pill may slash the risk of landing in hospital from an asthma attack by half, a study found.

By Shaun Wooller
4th October 2017, 12:17 am
Updated: 5th October 2017, 12:16 am
http://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4605910/vitamin-d-pill-cuts-asthma-attack-risk/

DAILY Vitamin D boost can help to cut the risk of a serious asthma attack in half, according to researchers at Queen Mary University.
The 2p tablet — sold in supermarkets and chemists — also cuts attacks requiring steroid tablets or injections by a third.

The supplement, taken alongside standard asthma treatment, was found to be safe and did not cause excessive high calcium levels or kidney stones.

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London analysed data on 955 patients in trials testing the use of the pills.

Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin” because the body can make it when skin is exposed to sunlight.
It helps the body absorb calcium and phosphate from our diet. These minerals are vital for healthy bones, teeth and muscles.

Vitamin D is thought to protect against asthma attacks by boosting the immune system’s ability to beat respiratory viruses and reduce airway inflammation.
Around 5.4million Brits have asthma and three die each day from attacks.

Dr Pooja Takhar, of Asthma UK, said: “This is a promising area of research. But it is only one piece of a very large jigsaw and more evidence is needed.”



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