We need to talk.
“What about?” you ask.
About a vitamin that just about everyone says is great for you cardiovascular health. Even most respected natural health experts.
Reality: it can actually damage your cardiovascular system. Severely. By hardening your blood vessels, for example, along with all the resulting complications.
The unfortunate bit of all this: half of all patients over 60 are strongly encouraged to stock up on this vitamin.
How will you make sure you’re not one who’s taking too much of this vitamin?
Well, here’s a quick way: first, find out what vitamin we’re talking about.
The investigation group from the Johns Hopkins Medical School looked at data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2001 to 2006 involving 15,000 participants.
None of the survey participants had cardiovascular-related conditions, but fairly low amounts of vitamin D.
The results of the survey brought to light an interesting connection between vitamin D levels and CRP –a known marker for cardiovascular inflammation associated with stiffening of blood vessels.
Researchers found that study participants who had what was considered “normal” levels of vitamin D had significantly lower levels of inflammation.
However, they also discovered that any additional increase of vitamin D in blood levels was related to a significantly heightened risk for CRP (a marker of cardiovascular inflammation).
Nevertheless, it is important to understand that vitamin D is crucial to our cardiovascular health, especially when levels of vitamin D are too low.
Many studies proved that optimum vitamin D levels reduce the risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, and even reduce mortality.
On the other hand, there can be too much of a good thing, posing unnecessary health risks to people who take vitamin D supplements.
Health care providers should be aware of the potential risks of overloading on vitamin D and recommend it only when there is an obvious need for it.
Remember that the best source of vitamin D is sunshine. A daily walk outside for at least 20 minutes in the morning will ensure that you have the optimal levels of vitamin D in your system.
And you can never overdose on vitamin D from sunlight. Your body will just stop taking it in.
However, if you are not sure if you lack or have too much of this vitamin, talk to your physician and ask for a blood test to determine your vitamin D levels.
The generally accepted recommended blood levels of vitamin D are 50-70 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml)
However, if you do need to supplement with vitamin D, at least make sure that you are using vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) and NOT Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol).
Vitamin D3 is the same type of vitamin D as produced in our bodies in response to sunshine.
Vitamin D 2 is a synthetic form of vitamin D, typically prescribed by doctors.