Vitamin D is a nutrient the body produces when our skin is exposed to sunlight. Sun exposure and eating nutrient dense food are crucial for our bodies to receive the adequate amount of vitamin D. Vitamin D is very important nutrient that supports healthy bone growth and absorption of calcium. So how does vitamin d correlate with allergies and asthma?
Many studies have been done on the relationship between vitamin D supplementation and the effects it has on asthma symptoms. If an individual has asthma, their airways swell and tighten whenever they become inflamed. The reason vitamin D is being researched with asthma patients is because it reduces inflammation. So in theory, asthmatics and people in general who have a sufficient amount of vitamin D in their diet, will have healthier airways and will decrease asthma attacks.
Guidelines from the Institute of Medicine increased the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of vitamin D to 600 international units (IU) for everyone ages 1-70, and raised it to 800 IU for adults older than age 70 to optimize bone health. Marcy and her staff carry vitamin D tablets that are 50,000 (IU). The box contains 15 capsules and the recommended dosage is one per week.