Study linking asthma to low vitamin D levels welcomed by health pioneers
The link between low levels of the sunshine vitamin and worsening asthma has been welcomed by pioneers of vitamin D supplementation.
Scientists at King’s College London found the vitamin calms an over-active part of the immune system in asthma patients and that low levels can lead to worsening symptoms, including breathing difficulties.
Following these findings, Professor Catherine Hawrylowicz, who led the trial, told the BBC that the culture of covering up in the sun along with the overuse of sunscreens may have increased asthma rates.
More than five million Britons suffer with asthma, an inflammatory disease of the airways which causes breathlessness and wheezing – resulting in around 1,400 deaths each year.
Steroid tablets are commonly prescribed for those with severe asthma, which can have harmful side effects.
But this latest research demonstrates that vitamin D could provide an effective accompanying treatment for all asthma sufferers, reducing the amount of steroid medication prescribed.
Andrew Thomas, founder and managing director at BetterYou, said: “We’ve been pioneering sublingual vitamin D supplementation for many years and we are overwhelmed with feedback from customers who tell us how supplementation has helped a range of extremely varied conditions.
“To that end, we’re pleased that high-quality research, like that conducted by King’s College London, is at last starting to confirm what we have long known- that healthy levels of vitamin D are absolutely vital to our health and wellbeing.
“Unfortunately, modern indoor lifestyles, processed foods and the overuse of sunscreens are combining to lead us into a vitamin D epidemic. Many diseases and common health conditions could simply be avoided with a daily dose of vitamin D.”
There is growing evidence to suggest that vitamin D deficiency may be responsible for triggering a range of diseases, including several cancers.
The burden of this onto NHS budgets is becoming apparent, with diseases related to vitamin D deficiency believed to cost the UK taxpayer £29 billion.
BetterYou, which recommends that 1000IU of vitamin D is supplemented daily, per 25kg of body weight, has developed a range of innovative vitamin D oral sprays for the whole family as a convenient and more effective alternative to tablets.
Digestive efficiency varies from individual to individual, but the vascular system in the mouth is very similar. Researchers at Cardiff University recently found that a minimum of 37 per cent is immediately absorbed through the bloodstream via tissue in the cheek and under the tongue guaranteeing effective supplementation, with the remainder absorbed via the traditional route of the digestive system.