Vitamin D may help prevent heart disease

The body needs vitamin D every day. For the average adult, the U.S. Office of Dietary Supplements recommends a minimum of 600 international units on a daily basis.

Getting the proper amount of vitamin D can decrease a person’s risk for developing a deficiency. This is important, since a deficiency may increase his or her chances of heart disease, according to a new study published in journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. Danish researchers analyzed the vitamin D levels in participants from the Copenhagen City Heart Study and followed them over the years, as reported by University of Copenhagen. They found that individuals with vitamin D deficiencies are 40 percent more likely to have heart disease, are at a nearly 65 percent higher risk for having a heart attack and have a 57 percent increased likelihood of an early death.

In order to prevent a deficiency, individuals can take an all-natural supplement, such as Dr. Pinkus’ Sublingual Vitamins D-3 made by Dr. Newton’s Naturals. In addition, they can eat more foods that are rich in the nutrient as well as get sun exposure.

“The cheapest and easiest way to get enough vitamin D is to let the sun shine on your skin at regular intervals,” said Borge Nordestgaard. “Diet with a good supply of vitamin D is also good, but it has not been proven that vitamin D as a dietary supplement prevents heart disease and death.”

More research is needed before healthcare providers can recommend increased vitamin D intake to their patients.

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