Vitamin D 'helps beat symptoms of asthma': Supplements could soon be used as treatment alongside other drugs
Vitamin D could help asthma patients breathe more easily, claim British researchers.
Scientists at King’s College London have discovered vitamin D has the potential to significantly cut the symptoms of sufferers.
They say it may one day be prescribed as a treatment alongside conventional steroids, but reducing the need for medication.
A new study found the ‘sunshine’ vitamin resulted in lower levels of a natural chemical in the body that aggravates symptoms in asthma patients and cuts the effectiveness of steroids.
More than five million Britons suffer asthma, including 1.4 million children, and the disease causes 1,400 deaths each year.
Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways, causing them to constrict and resulting in attacks of breathlessness and wheezing which can be fatal.