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Look to vitamin D for heart health, study says

December 12, 2008 by  

Vitamin D is good for the heartAs the winter closes in and hours of sunshine grow less common, people who are concerned with their health may want to consider taking supplements that contain vitamin D.

One reason that people may be concerned about their levels of vitamin D is that many studies have recently linked a deficiency in the vitamin to cardiovascular problems.

A new review in the journal Circulation reveals that a body of research has connected a lack of vitamin D to a number of different heart-related health conditions.

Heart disease patients who did not have adequate levels of the sunshine vitamin were found to be 30 to 50 percent more likely to die prematurely than those with satisfactory levels, the scientists.

"Chronic vitamin D deficiency may be a culprit in heart disease, high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome," commented study author Sue Penckofer of the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and Loyola University.

She called for doctors to include a measurement of vitamin D levels as part of a regular checkup of at-risk patients.

According to the Mayo Clinic, vitamin D has been found to be beneficial for a number of health conditions, including muscle pain and osteoporosis.
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  • http://? DeeJay

    This article should have stressed to value of vitamin D3 as a better alternative to plain D.

  • Nellie Pennella

    From the picture on the article about a shortage of vitamin D it seems like you are suggesting that children get their vitamin D from milk. However, from everything that I have been reading lately; if the milk is not raw milk it will do the body more damage than good. There are several states now that have passed laws that ok the sale of raw milk. It seem that finally someone is getting the real facts.

  • DeJay

    Why is milk drinking discouraged? It’s because it is pastuerized meaning heated to destroy bacteria along with severly needed enzymes. Pastuerized milk is a dead product. This is just one small area that the powers that be want to destroy us. Just about every food liquid now is pastuerized taking the life force out of them. Enzymes are required bythe body to enable it to absorb what is taken into the stomach. Vitamin D3 should be in everyone’s supplement inventory. The D you get in milk is undoubtedly synthetic and no good.

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