This One Vitamin is Crucial for Your Heart

Vitamin D

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An ever growing stack of research studies is proving that vitamin D is vital for many of the functions in our bodies, including our heart. A new study shows that vitamin D can prevent heart disease and that low levels of this important vitamin are linked to an increase in the risk of developing heart disease.

According to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 63rd Annual Scientific Session, a deficiency in vitamin D is a risk factor for heart disease as well as coronary artery disease.

In what was the largest study of its kind to take a look at the relationship between coronary artery disease and vitamin D levels in the blood, a deficiency (less than 20ng/ml) was discovered in more than 70 percent of patients that were undergoing angiography, a test that observes the flow of blood through the arteries of the heart. Subjects with the lowest levels of vitamin D had a 32 percent increase in the severity of this disease that affected multiple vessels. The more severe the deficiency of vitamin D, the more progressive heart disease became. Subjects with vitamin D blood levels of less than 10mg/dl had an almost two fold increase in their risk of coronary atherosclerosis as subjects that had normal vitamin D levels.

This study evaluated almost 1,500 patients. Scientists noted that a deficiency in vitamin D appeared to be the cause, rather than the consequence, of atherosclerosis.

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