Vitamin D May Combat Mold

in Asthma
Published: September 3, 2010

More praise for vitamin D. New research suggests it may be effective in treating mold allergy that is a common trigger in asthma flare-ups.

“We found that adding vitamin D not only substantially reduced the production of the protein driving an allergic response, but it also increased production of the proteins that promote tolerance,” Dr. Jay Kolls, Professor and Chair of Genetics at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, said in a media release.

Kolls’ team looked at Aspergillus fumigatus, one of the most common household molds to determine why some individuals were sensitized to it while others aren’t.

The LSU researchers next plan to conduct a clinical trial – to see if vitamin D can actually be used to to treat or prevent mold sensitivity in those with asthma or Cystic Fibrosis. Read more.