Ample vitamin D intake is a must for COPD patients

Anything that provides even the slightest help to a COPD patient goes straight into the plus column.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, or any combination of the three.

And as I’ve often mentioned, COPD’s death toll is staggering. According to the World Health Organization, almost three million patients die of COPD-related complications each year.

So knowing what we know about vitamin D’s significant respiratory benefits, it’s really no surprise that D deficiency may be common among COPD patients.

Recently, a team of Belgian researchers tested high-dose D in 50 COPD patients for three months.

Results: Significant improvements in muscle strength, exercise capacity, and better results from pulmonary rehabilitation, compared to placebo.

NutraIngredients-USA described the monthly dose as “a whopping 100,000 IUs.”

Whopping? Well, compared to the anemic dose recommended by the Institute of Medicine (600 IU per day for those under 70, and 800 IU per day for those over 70), 3,300 IU per day (approximately) does seem whopping.

Now let’s get real…

Dr. Jonathan Wright recommends a MINIMUM of 5,000 IU daily. And he adds that many of us need between 5,000 and 10,000 IU daily to reach what he calls the “tropical optimum”–or rather the amount you’d naturally get every day if you lived in Ecuador.

So I hope no COPD patients will be scared off by the word “whopping.” High doses of good quality vitamin D3 supplements have been proven to be quite safe.

“High dose vitamin D may boost exercise capacity for lung disease patients” NutraIngredients-USA, 5/16/11,

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