Vitamin D Stops Plaque Build Up In Arteries

By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

Scientists have now proven that a lack of vitamin D1 helps damaged cholesterol (oxidized cholesterol) form plaque and that adequate vitamin D stops damaged cholesterol from forming plaque.  This should make it painfully clear that the “public health” advice of the American Cancer Society to use sun block and stay out of the sun has directly contributed to heart disease in a major way in America. 

The research was conducted on type II diabetics who are known to have double the risk for heart disease.  It was found that they do not process cholesterol efficiently, and a lack of vitamin D was determined to be the main reason for this problem.  In low vitamin D patients, their macrophages readily absorbed damaged cholesterol, turned into foam cells, and initiated the process of plaque formation. 

The researchers also showed that when human macrophages are placed in a vitamin D adequate environment their uptake of cholesterol is suppressed.  Of course, having adequate antioxidants on board helps prevent cholesterol from being damaged in the first place, which is why the tocotrienol form of vitamin E is so protective to your cardiovascular system.

Referenced Studies:
  1. ^ Vitamin D and Heart Disease  Circulation  Oh J, Weng S, Felton SK, Bhandare S, Riek A, Butler B, Proctor BM, Petty M, Chen Z, Schechtman KB, Bernal-Mizrach L, Bernal-Mizrachi C.

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