Did you know that vitamin D deficiency in early years may increase your chances of developing hypertension, or high blood pressure?
Yes… this is exactly what a research reported at the American Heart Association’s 63rd High Blood Pressure Research Conference suggests.
Researchers have found that women who reported deficiency of Vitamin D in the year 1993 were thrice more likely to acquire hypertension within fifteen years. According to research’s co-author, Flojaune Griffin, this separate study is different from previous studies done on this subject on the count of the length of time taken into consideration. In this study the effect of Vitamin D is looked over the period of fifteen years, which is a considerable longer follow-up than previous studies done on this subject.
The deficiency of Vitamin D not only increases the risk of hypertension, but also puts you at a greater risk to certain inflammatory diseases and cancers.Best source of Vitamin D
Sunlight is the best and ideal source of all important Vitamin D. Experts recommends that one should spend minimum of 15 to 30 minutes in sunlight. Vitamin D is produced when ultraviolet rays hit our skin. The more skin is exposed to sunlight the more is the production of Vitamin D. Sunlight is the most natural and ideal source of Vitamin D and there is no risk of getting too much of Vitamin D from sunlight.
Vitamin D supplements
While Vitamin D supplements are available in the market, they should be only used after consultation with your doctor. Consumption of excessive dietary Vitamin D can cause various side-effects and is counterproductive. Modern researchers suggest 1,000 to 1,500 IU daily consumption of Vitamin D. Consumption of dietary Vitamin D in excess of 2,000 is found to produce side-effects, such as poor appetite, nausea, and constipation.
Go out in summer to attain Vitamin D naturally. In winter, you may take Vitamin D supplements, but take them only after consulting your physician.
Besides taking adequate amount of Vitamin D, eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. Avoid processed foods, as they contain high sodium content. Instead include wholesome foods, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, brown rice in your diet. Also exercise regularly, you can start with something as simple as brisk walking.
If you want to know about the exercises that help in lowering blood pressure, see our high blood pressure exercises guide.