Asthma and Vitamin Deficiencies

This post was written by admin on April 17, 2009
Posted Under: Vitamin C

A review of 40 studies in the international journal of respiratory medicine Thorax has shown greater risks associated with asthma for those with vitamin A, C and D deficiencies; where even a deficiency of any one of those vitamins could lead to an increased risk of both contracting asthma as well as increased levels of asthma attacks. In this regard the problems associated with a deficiency in vitamin A in particular are highlighted.

How vitamins can help fighting against asthma.

Both vitamin A and D are fat soluble vitamins. Vitamin A is known to protect the body against respiratory infections and its anti-oxidant properties protect cell membranes from damage by free radicals. Vitamin D mainly promotes healthy bones in our bodies, but is also known to help with maintaining our nervous systems and keeping the heart healthy. Add to the work of those two vitamins the action of vitamin C, so vital to the production of collagen and generally healing the body; and it is easy to make the link between these vitamins and reducing the risk of asthma by keeping both the lungs and heart in the very best of health.

Asthma and low levels of vitamin A highlighted.

Deficiencies in some vitamins are related to asthma attacks in children.

Asthma most frequently develops during childhood and the study highlights the importance of ensuring that children receive their recommended daily doses of all the vitamins and supplements. Unfortunately the range of foods that vitamin A, highlighted in the report, is rich in are not always ones that appeal to children. These foods include; fatty fish, cod liver oil and dark green leafy vegetables like spinach. Even allowing for the vitamin being present in foods they might eat such as eggs, cheese or drinks of milk having a daily supplement of vitamin A would be recommended; whilst having a multi-vitamin supplement including vitamins A, C and D would surely help to reduce the risks of asthma and combat the severity of its attacks.

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