Vitamin D is being called the super vitamin as more is learned about its importance. Low vitamin D is linked to the severity of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary, cancer and a number of other health concerns.
Now researchers in Australia have linked vitamin D deficiency to lung development and growth in young mice.
The research provides the first solid research linking low vitamin D levels and reduced lung function and changed lung structure.
For the study, compared the lungs of two-week old mice, one group with low vitamin D and the other with adequate vitamin D.
“The results of this study clearly demonstrate that vitamin D deficiency alters lung growth, resulting in lower lung volume and decrements in lung function,” said Graeme Zosky, PhD, a research fellow at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Subiaco, Australia. “This is the first direct mechanistic evidence showing that vitamin D deficiency alters lung development, which may explain the association between obstructive lung disease and levels of vitamin D.”