(NaturalHealth365) Did you know that low vitamin D levels can contribute to clogged arteries and promote cardiovascular disease? The truth is, without an adequate supply of vitamin D, arteries may become stiff and blood vessels lose their ability to relax. The problem is most cardiologists rarely study nutrition – leaving millions of people in the dark.
Research carried out by the Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute showed that low vitamin D levels can lead to impaired vascular health. These scientists observed that low vitamin D contributes to high blood pressure – which increases your risk for heart disease.
Diabetics are being warned about poor nutrition
A new Washington University School of Medicine study found a link between vitamin D and clogged arteries in type-2 diabetics. The study, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry found that type 2 diabetes white blood cells called monocytes were more likely to transform to macrophages and adhere to the walls of blood vessels in patients with low vitamin D levels. This causes cholesterol to build and block blood flow.
Carlos Bernal-Mizrachi MD, an assistant professor of medicine and of cell biology and physiology said, “Previous studies have linked vitamin D deficiency in these patients to increases in cardiovascular disease and in mortality. Other work has suggested that vitamin D may improve insulin release from the pancreas and insulin sensitivity.”
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This is what Bernl-Mizrachi said: “In the future, we hope to generate medications, potentially even vitamin D itself that help prevent the deposit of cholesterol in the blood vessels.”
The Archives of Internal medicine shows that those with the lowest levels of vitamin have more than double the risk of succumbing to heart disease and other causes over an eight year period. A recent study found an increase in heart attacks in those with low vitamin D levels.
The official dietary recommendation of 200 IU’s per day up to the age of 50, 400 IU’s to age 70, and 600 IUs over 70 are now seen as far too low to maintain healthful vitamin D levels. Advocates of vitamin D think we need at least 2,000 IU’s a day preferably from the sun.
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If you have fair coloring than experts say going outside for 10 minutes in the midday sun-in shorts and a tank top without sunscreen, you will get enough sun to produce about 10,000 IU’s of the vitamin. If you have a dark complexion or are elderly you’ll need extra sunshine – since the only good (food) sources, such as fatty fish is not enough.
When the sun’s UV-B rays hit the skin, it enables the skin cells to manufacture vitamin D, and this allows the body to stock up on this essential nutrient. Since low vitamin D levels contribute to clogged arteries – you may want to consider dumping your favorite sunscreen lotion and enjoy the rays of the sun.
Natural ways to supplement your lack of sun exposure
There are plenty of reasons to make an effort to get your vitamin D from sun exposure, but this isn’t always feasible. During the winter months, especially in northern parts of the world, it’s just about impossible to get enough sun.
Supplementing with an oral vitamin D3 supplement may be a good idea. However, this shouldn’t be done without having your vitamin D level tested – which helps to make sure you’re maintaining the therapeutic level.
The correct test is 25(OH)D, also called 25-hydroxyvitamin D, this is the best marker of overall D status. Most physicians recommend for their patients to get their levels above 40 ng/ml. The optimal level is believed to be 40 – 60 nanograms per millliter (ng/ml).
In reality, up to 70 percent of Americans have vitamin D levels just under 25 ng/ml with 95 percent of African Americans in the United States below 30ng/ML. There are those who have tested at 10ng/ML or lower. People in the northern parts of the country where it’s less sunny are more likely to have low vitamin D levels.
Be good to your heart. Get tested and maintain a healthy dose of vitamin D to enjoy optimal health. Please share this story with your family and friends.
About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.
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