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Vitamin D helpful in improving lung function


Vitamin D helpful in improving lung function

Higher amounts of vitamin D could help make it easier to breathe, according to new findings released yesterday, offering possible good news for smokers, asthmatics and other people with respiratory problems.


Researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand found people with higher levels of the vitamin in their systems showed better lung function than those with lower amounts.


While the vitamin, which people get mostly from sunlight, is linked to lung health, the exact relationship is unclear, they said. Their findings appear in the December issue of the American College of Chest Physicians'journal, Chest.


Vitamin D can also be found in certain

foods like fortified beverages and fatty fish like salmon and mackerel as well as dietary supplements.


“Although there is a definite relationship between lung function and vitamin D, it is unclear if increases in vitamin D through supplements or dietary intake will actually improve lung function in patients with chronic respiratory diseases,”said Dr. Peter Black, who led the study.


“Vitamin D would be a relatively simple, low-cost intervention that would likely have high compliance to prevent or slow loss of lung function in susceptible subgroups,”said Dr. Rosalind Wright, a professor at Harvard Medical School.


Updated : 2021-05-07 22:16 GMT+08:00