Natural Treatment for Asthma with Vitamin D

Natural Treatment for Asthma...Latest Resarch Findings

Researchers have discovered that African American children with asthma in metropolitan Washington, DC, are significantly more likely to have low levels of vitamin D than healthy children. Add this fact to the findings in an article published in the March 23, 2009 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver report that nearly 75 percent of all Americans have low vitamin D levels. Is it any wonder that asthma is becoming more and more common in our children and even adults?

This study supports recent research that suggests vitamin D plays a greater role in the body than just keeping bones healthy. Vitamin D deficiency has been recently linked to a variety of non-bone related diseases including depression, autoimmune disorders, and now asthma.

The research team found that 86 percent of the children in the study with asthma had insufficient levels of vitamin D, while only 19 percent of non-asthmatics had these low levels.

Only 5 to 37 percent of American infants meet the standard for vitamin D set by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Although breast milk is the perfect food in every other way, it's often low in vitamin D. Since humans originated in equatorial areas with year-round sunshine, babies in the distant past wouldn't have needed to get vitamin D from breast milk. Many mothers also are vitamin D-deficient. Based on these facts, researchers now recommend that most babies should take a daily vitamin D supplement, reports USA Today.

In addition, Mothering Magazine offers several tips on how natural medicine can strengthen immune function to prevent asthma attacks.

Massaging specific points on your child's body during asthmatic episodes helps to relieve cough, induce relaxation, and decrease wheezing. The techniques fall into two categories: pressing on acupuncture points and massage of acupuncture channels. Both are simple, straightforward, and require no training.

For more details, please see the full article in Mothering Magazine.

For your child with asthma the recommended dose of vitamin D is for 1 year and under 1000 I.U. per day and over 1 year of age it is 1000 I.U. per 25 pounds of weight and this should be factored with amount of sunlight child gets, the season of the year we are in and where you live...the further northern latitudes like here in Libertyville, IL get less sun and require more vitamin D supplementation. We have found here at HealthQuest that a liquid form of vitamin D works best for children and adults and we call it Liquid Sunshine.

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