Zee Media Bureau
London: An Israeli research has found that asthma flare ups can be helpped by boosting the level of Vitamin D in deficients asthmatics.
Dr Ronit Confino-Cohen from University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine, said that Vitamin D has significant immunomodulatory effects and is believed to have an effect on asthma - an immunologically mediated disease.
Between 2008 and 2012, 307,900 people were measured with levels of Vitamin D.
In Israel out of some 21,000 asthma pateients studied, 25 percent were those with a Vitamin D deficiency were more likely than other asthmatics to have had at least one flare-up in the recent past.
The medical records of nearly four million members of Clalit Health Services, Israel's largest health care provider, were analysed by Dr Confino-Cohen and her team.
She further added that the results add more evidence to the link between Vitamin D and asthma, suggesting beneficial effects of Vitamin D on asthma exacerbations.
While most of the Vitamin D in people's bodies comes from exposure to the sun, dermatologists recommend obtaining the ingredient from other sources - fish, eggs, cod liver oil, fortified milk, or a dietary supplement - due to the dangers of overexposure to the sun.
The researchers, based on the findings, recommends that people whose asthma cannot be controlled with existing treatments have their Vitamin D levels tested.
The paper appeared in the journal Allergy.