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Vitamin DNew findings indicate that vitamin D could help make it easier to breathe. People with higher levels of the vitamin in their systems had better lung function.

For the study, data was collected on over 14,000 people over a period of 6 years. Those who had higher levels of vitamin D were able to inhale and exhale more air. The study also found that levels of the vitamin were higher in men,  and tended to lessen as people aged or gained weight.

Vitamin D can be found in certain foods, as well as dietary supplements, but most people obtain it from sunlight. The exact relationship between the vitamin and lung health is still unclear.

Recent studies have also suggested that Vitamin D may help strengthen bones, prevent some cancers, and help protect against multiple sclerosis.

Chest December 2005; 128(6): 3792-3798

Yahoo News December 12, 2005

Dr. Mercola's Comment:

Fortunately conventional medicine is getting wiser about all the health benefits associated with getting the optimal amount of vitamin D. For example, it is now commonly appreciated taht vitamin D can protect your heart and lower a man's risk of prostate cancer.

it's no surprise higher amounts of it can help patients -- particularly those with respiratory problems -- breathe better.

Sunshine is your best source of Vitamin D. Unfortunately, most of you simply don't receive the daily amounts of vitamin D you need to stay healthy. Since those of us living in the northern hemisphere just finished going the shortest day of the year, it is virtually impossible for most of us to get enough sunshine this time of year.

Fortunately we are in the midst of a radical revision of vitamin D understanding. The leading vitamin D scientists in the world have changed their position within the last few years and have started the warning sirens that most of traditional medicine was dead wrong when it comes to sun avoidance.

As a matter of fact, statistics show that avoiding the sun has likely caused an extra 50,000 cancers per year, and that is just cancer deaths. It does not include heart disease or autoimmune diseases like MS or rheumatoid arthritis.

With winter making an early appearance in many parts of the United States and the days growing shorter, however, getting the optimal amount of sun outdoors may not feasible where you live. That why I recommend if you live in the northern hemishpere you take a high quality cod liver oil until early spring to boost your vitamin D levels safely.

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