Vitamin D May Save Your Heart

By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

Vitamin D acts as a potent hormone-like regulator of genes throughout your body.  Numerous reports on vitamin D in the past few years have solidified its benefits for bones, immunity, and many types of cancer.  New animal research shows for the first time that vitamin D can prevent changes in your heart that lead to heart failure1.

When your heart becomes stressed and has to work harder it becomes enlarged and begins to struggle and work inefficiently.  Under controlled conditions scientist were able to show that vitamin D stopped the inappropriate enlargement of the heart while maintaining heart function and efficiency.  There is a reason more heart attacks happen in the winter – its called vitamin D deficiency.  Any person over 40 should get at least 2000 units of vitamin D3 per day during the winter months.

The sun-paranoid American Cancer Society better get over it.  I’m no advocate of burning, but I am an advocate of sunshine.  Be sure to get your daily dose!  Magically, you will feel better.

Referenced Studies:
  1. ^ Vitamin D Protects Your Heart  Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology  Robert Simpson, Peter Mancuso, Ayesha Rahman, Stephen D. Hershey, Loredana Dandu, and Karl A. Nibbelink..

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