Vitamin D & the Heart

19 Jul

Can vitamin D lower the risk of heart disease, as some studies suggest?

Researchers in New Zealand gave roughly 5,100 people aged 50 to 84 either a placebo or vitamin D (an initial dose of 200,000 IU followed by monthly doses of 100,000 IU).

After three years, the vitamin D takers had no lower risk of a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular event. And it didn’t matter if the people entered the study with low vitamin D blood levels (below 20 ng/mL) or not.

What to do:  Don’t expect vitamin D to protect your heart

Source: Nutrition Action Health Letter June 2017

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