Throughout your life, your heart sees its fair share of damage…
Eating an unhealthy diet, drinking alcohol, staying sedentary, being overweight and smoking cigarettes all take a toll on your ticker. (And let’s face it… none of us are saints. We’ve all done at least one of these things in our lives.)
Common conditions like hypertension, diabetes and atherosclerosis also damage your heart.
Even if you don’t have any of these conditions and you live a pretty healthy life, your blood vessels naturally stiffen as you age, increasing your risk for heart attacks and strokes.
So, it’s safe to say, all of us could use a bit of damage control where our heart is concerned. Luckily, there is a simple way to reverse heart damage, so your heart doesn’t clock out too soon…
Take your vitamin D.
Vitamin does the trick for heart damage
A recent study from Ohio University shows that vitamin D3 can undo heart damage.
Past studies have shown that people who have heart attacks are more likely to be deficient in D3, and OU researchers wanted to figure out why…
To answer that question, they used nanosensors (tiny sensors 1,000 times smaller in diameter than a human hair) to see how D3 impacts endothelial cells from the cardiovascular system. Endothelial cells line the inside of blood vessels.
Through their investigation of these cardiovascular endothelial cells, researchers determined that D3:
- Stimulates nitric oxide (NO), which helps regulate blood flow and prevents clots in the cardiovascular system.
- Reduces oxidative stress in the cardiovascular system.
- Repairs cardiovascular damage caused by numerous diseases, including hypertension, atherosclerosis and diabetes.
- Reduces the risk of a heart attack.
Any one of these benefits would make popping a D3 supplement daily worthwhile. But these four benefits together? Well, they might make D3 the most important heart supplement around. And researchers agree…
“There are not many, if any, known systems which can be used to restore cardiovascular endothelial cells which are already damaged, and vitamin D3 can do it,” said study researcher Professor Dr. Tadeusz Malinski. “This is a very inexpensive solution to repair the cardiovascular system. We don’t have to develop a new drug. We already have it.”
Giving your heart the D3 it needs
So there’s yet another disease that vitamin D can protect you from…heart disease.
You don’t necessarily need to take a vitamin D supplement if you get enough sun. But since many of us live in climates where sun is scarce for half the year, supplements are often a wise choice.
Start by getting your vitamin D level checked, so you know what you’re working with. If your level is lower than 30 ng/ml you’re definitely not getting enough vitamin D (although, anything under 50 ng/ml is less than optimum).
Once you find out how low your levels are, you can figure out how much D3 you need to take get your levels healthy again. In fact, the Vitamin D Council created this handy guide that tells you exactly how much vitamin D you need to take based on your current levels and your future vitamin D goals.
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