Cheese, nuts, and leafy vegetables could help ward off lung diseases ranging from asthma and emphysema to colds.
A UK study of 6,000 people’s food diaries found that those low in vitamins A, E and D had more breathing problems even when other factors such as weight and smoking were taken into account.
Vitamin A, found in whole milk and cheese, carrots, and dark green leafy vegetables, and vitamin E, found in vegetable oils, nuts, and seeds, are believed to boost the immune system.
Cheese, nuts, and leafy vegetables could help stave off lung diseases from asthma and emphysema to colds (file image)
But supplements are often needed to bring vitamin D to healthy levels.
Of the 6,000 people, only 33 developed breathing problems and the research team could not determine why the vitamins had an effect.
They said more work was needed to “assess the impact of the current study on the current coronavirus pandemic.”
Lead author Prof. Adrian Martineau of Queen Mary University in London said some studies suggested that people with lower vitamin D levels may be more susceptible to coronavirus.
Dr. Suzana Almoosawi of the School of Public Health at Imperial College London added, “We know that good nutrition is the foundation of good health.
First and foremost, our results underscore the importance of the overall diet and the need to get adequate dietary intake of vitamins such as A and E.
“In the case of vitamin D, however, the food supply cannot provide sufficient quantities to meet the requirements.
Dose of Vitamin A: The UK’s 6,000 food journal study found that those low in vitamins A, E and D had more breathing problems
‘Given our knowledge of the levels of vitamin D deficiency in the general population, balanced with the low cost and risk of adverse events, it makes sense to supplement this key vitamin, especially for those most likely to be deficient or susceptible for this they have vitamin D deficiency. ‚
The team said further research is needed to “assess the impact of the current study in the context of the current coronavirus pandemic”.
Commenting on the study, Shane McAuliffe, director of science communications at the NNEdPro Nutrition and Covid-19 Taskforce, which includes experts from the University of Cambridge, stated, “While the limitations of these data are recognized, they are fueling growing interest and Evidence of the role of vitamin D in respiratory health.
“Given our knowledge of the levels of vitamin D deficiency in the population, balanced with the low cost and low risk of adverse events, it makes sense to supplement this key vitamin, especially for those most likely to be deficient.”
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