15 Apr Get Your Vitamin D!
What does Vitamin D have to do with my Heart, you might ask?
The wellness world talks about Vitamin D in the prevention of disease and optimum wellness. Vitamin D affects 2,000+ genes in your body! Vitamin D affects so many parts of your body! Deficiencies in this very important nutrient surely do affect your heart health.
“Vitamin D deficiency is an unrecognized, emerging cardiovascular risk factor, which should be screened for and treated,” says researcher James H. O’Keefe, MD, director of preventive cardiology at the Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Mo., in a news release. “Vitamin D is easy to assess, and supplementation is simple, safe and inexpensive.”
Sunshine vitamin D is a fat-soluble hormone present in few foods; some fish, fish liver oils, eggs, fortified dairy, and grains. Ultraviolet rays from sunlight striking the skin trigger vitamin D synthesis; vitamin D is produced by the body in response.
Symptoms of Low D:
- Muscle pain/weakness/cramps
- Joint pain
- Chronic pain
- Weight gain
- High blood pressure
- Restless sleep
Vitamin D for Heart Health
- According to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session, vitamin D deficiency has been linked to more severe cases of heart disease.
- Researchers found that more than 70 percent of patients undergoing coronary angiography – imaging to see how blood is flowing through the arteries – had a vitamin D deficiency.
- Vitamin D is very important for reducing hypertension, atherosclerotic heart disease, heart attack, and stroke1.
- One study showed that vitamin D deficiency increased the risk of heart attack by 50 percent. What’s worse, if you have a heart attack and you’re vitamin-D deficient, your risk of dying from that heart attack creeps up to nearly 100 percent!
Get vitamin D by exposing your bare skin to sunlight (ultraviolet B rays). This happens quickly, particularly in summer. Don’t tan or burn! You only need to expose your skin for half the time it takes to turn pink or burn. How much vitamin D is produced from sunlight depends on the time of day, where you live, and your skin color. The more skin you expose the more vitamin D is produced.
It’s hard to get enough Vitamin D from the sun during winter months or if you live in the north, work inside in an urban area with tall buildings. Take a good quality supplement to take care of this!
How Much Do You Need?
Get tested! If low, supplement with 5,000 – 10,000/mg D3 per day. Test again after 3 months. Guidelines:
- Deficient < 25 ng/ml
- Optimal is 50-70 ng/ml
- Therapeutic levels 70-100 ng/ml for those with disease
- Too much > 100 ng/ml
Make sure to take Vitamin D3 with K2 for absorption. Check out GrassrootsHealth.net for more info.
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