Vitamin D is on a roll these days. We have long known that the sunshine vitamin is critical for bone and muscle health. Ongoing research reveals that vitamin D may also support a wide array of functions and have health benefits that go beyond this classic role in bone development. For example, it is known to regulate immunity, support heart functions and reduce inflammation. Recently, a lot of studies have come out suggesting that vitamin D may help lower the risk of upper respiratory infections, asthma and allergies in both adults and children.
Asthma is a chronic disease of the lung that causes inflammation and constriction in the airways. Affecting more than 300 million people across the world, this respiratory disorder causes recurring episodes of wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. The severity of these symptoms may range from mild to severe flare-ups (exacerbations may require immediate medical attention.)
Vitamin D, mostly known for its role in helping the body absorb calcium and thus contributing towards bone health, has far more to offer. As more studies stream in and shed new light on various health benefits of vitamin D, we now know that vitamin D plays an incredible role in regulating the immune system. And part of this credit goes to vitamin D’s ability to stimulate the production of natural antibiotics in the body.
Vitamin D’s primary function is to maintain healthy bones. It regulates the absorption of bone-healthy minerals, calcium and phosphorus. However, emerging studies and research suggest that Vitamin D could have a bigger, integral role in our health. It helps our brain, heart, lungs, hormones and immune system to function well. Simply put, Vitamin D is excellent for our overall health, and not just bone health.