More heart attacks occur when vitamin D levels are low; and they are more severe

A research report from the American College of Cardiology (March 27, 2014) suggests that low vitamin D blood levels are an independent risk factor for heart disease.

And low levels of vitamin D seem linked with a higher presence and severity of coronary artery disease, according to research.

However, while a growing body of research shows that vitamin D may be beneficial in preventing heart disease, it is not clear from research whether supplementation helps or people just need to get out there in the sunshine!

Vitamin D is more correctly understood to act as a hormone. And vitamin D receptor sites seem widely distributed in cardiovascular tissue.

Several recent studies also support the idea that low levels of vitamin D are linked to an increased risk of heart disease; however, it is still not clear whether adding vitamin D supplements may help reduce that risk.

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble secosteroid produced from the cholesterol layers under the skin. It is known to be used by the immune system to activate T-lyphocytes.

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