Heart Health and Vitamin D

New research over the past year has shown that Vitamin D may play a role in preventing heart problems. Researchers have linked Vitamin D deficiency with an increased risk of developing heart diseases and high blood pressure.

The researchers took all information relating to Vitamin D levels and cardiovascular data for each study participants and determined that the optimum level of Vitamin D for disease prevention should be between 40 and 50 nanograms per milliliter. However, current guidelines state that 30 nanograms per milliliter is optimal.  More research is expected, but this is already changing the way some doctors look at Vitamin D.

Treatment is relatively simple and starts with a blood test to determine Vitamin D level. If low levels are detected, some doctors recommend boosting Vitamin D levels by taking vitamin supplements and/or allowing limited exposure to  the sun.  If supplements are recommend look for Vitamin D-3 (as cholecalciferol).  It is the ideal form of vitamin D, as it is identical to the type manufactured by the body when skin is exposed to UV sunlight.