Vitamin D supplements could heal damaged hearts, according to a recent study. The trial involving 163 heart failure patients found that supplements containing Vitamin D improved the heart’s ability to pump blood around the body. The results have been considered as ‘stunning’ by the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Team.
Vitamin D is made in the skin via sunlight and is considered vital for teeth and bone health along with various other biological processes. The average age of those involved in the study was 70 and as with many people that age, they had low levels of Vitamin D, even during the summer months. It’s believed that people over 70 spend less time outdoors and that with age, the body’s ability to manufacture Vitamin D also becomes less effective.
During the study, participants were given a 100 microgram Vitamin D tablet or a sugar placebo pill to take every day during the year. Their impact on heart failure was measured – this is a condition where the heart becomes too weak to pump the blood properly around the body. The ejection fraction was the key measure, or the amount of blood that was pumped out of the heart’s chambers with each beat. The figure is usually 60-70% in a healthy adult, but only 1/4 of the blood can be pumped out in heart failure patients.
When the vitamin pills were taken however, the ejection fraction was shown to increase from 26% to 34%. The study also indicated that the patients’ hearts became smaller, suggesting they were more powerful and efficient.
While doctors aren’t clear that the vitamin should be routinely prescribed due to not being completely certain as to how it improves heart function, they acknowledge that every cell in the body responds to Vitamin D. The study data shows that patients who took Vitamin D saw improvements in their symptoms, so a larger study is needed.
This exciting development brings good news for anyone suffering from a heart problem as it indicates that taking Vitamin D could be a highly effective, convenient and relatively cheap solution to dealing with heart problems, as opposed to prescription medications and other intrusive means such as surgery.
One of the best ways to ensure a daily dose of Vitamin D is to take Vitamin D3/K2 Sublingual Spray, as recommended by Robert Redfern of NaturallyHealthyNews.com. It contains 1000IU of Vitamin D3 and 100mcg of Vitamin K2 MK7. New research like the one above is indicating that the combination vitamins can work together to protect blood vessels against calcification, while protecting the heart against cardiovascular disease. This sublingual spray is the world’s only Vegan and Vegetarian Society registered form of Vitamin D3 and is ideal for taking on the go.