Kirkman® Offers Higher Strength Vitamin D - New Study Expands Role of Vitamin D for Asthma Sufferers

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A new study expands the role of vitamin D for asthma sufferers.

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This higher strength vitamin D was formulated at the request of our physician customers who are prescribing higher strengths to their patient populations to achieve what they consider are optimal results.

Kirkman®, a 64 year-old nutraceutical company, just released its new 4,000 IU vitamin D-3.

“This higher strength vitamin D was formulated at the request of our physician customers who are prescribing higher strengths to their patient populations to achieve what they consider are optimal results,” David Humphrey, President and CEO of Kirkman® explained.

Emerging science has expanded the use of vitamin D beyond its traditional use as a cure for rickets and other bone health issues. Scientists and medical professionals are finding vitamin D to be important in improving health conditions that include conditions of the heart and blood vessels including high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and other autoimmune disease, skin conditions and gum disease, to name a few.

Now a new study, conducted by Catherine Hawrylowicz of King's College London and colleagues, that suggests vitamin D could be a positive treatment for asthma sufferers, was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in May.

The study looked at two different kinds of asthma sufferers – those who respond to steroid treatments and those who don’t. It also used a group of non-asthma sufferers as a control.

According to an article on Medical News Today, many asthma sufferers use steroids to reduce symptoms of the disease, but steroids can have many harmful side effects. Additionally, some patients have a type of asthma that doesn’t respond to steroid treatments at all, making their asthma harder to treat, leading to more severe attacks that are often life threatening and require trips to the emergency room.

Hawrylowicz and her team looked at a compound called interleukin-17A (IL-17A), which exists naturally in the immune system. What they learned was IL-17A not only makes asthma symptoms worse and affects the effectiveness of steroid treatments but vitamin D caused a positive response.

The IL-17A levels, which appeared higher in patients with asthma and highest in those who did not respond well to steroid treatments, were reduced by the presence of vitamin D. As a result, vitamin D may be used as an additional treatment for asthma and could even reduce the amount of steroid medications needed in patients who take steroids for asthma.

Kirkman® offers vitamin D in strengths from 400 IU to 4,000 IU. What makes Kirkman’s vitamin D products different from any other brand in the marketplace is that they are tested for more than 950 environmental contaminants making it the purest vitamin D supplement in the world.

Kirkman® has both vegan and hypoallergenic vitamin D capsules to serve those with food sensitivities and special diets. All Kirkman’s vitamin D products are also free of common allergens, including gluten and casein. Kirkman’s vitamin D products are also available in chewable tablets for children and those who have trouble swallowing capsules.

More information about Kirkman’s nutritional supplements can be found on the company’s website at http://www.kirkmangroup.com or for information about vitamin D products at http://www.kirkmangroup.com/CategoryKirkman/163/Vitamins/.

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i. Catharine Paddock PhD. (2013). “Vitamin D May Help Treat Asthma.” Medical News Today. May 21 2013. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/260770.php

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