The vitamin D3 succeeded in correcting the deficiency, certainly, but it did not alter cholesterol levels. Investigators proved that the megadose did fix vitamin D deficiency, with levels tripling in those people receiving it.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) September 15, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study from the American Heart Association (AHA) that shows that taking vitamin D supplements will improve a vitamin D deficiency but won’t improve cholesterol in the short term, in spite of the vitamin’s reputation as the most important nutrient for preventing disease.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/heart-health-articles/this-vitamins-useless-for-lowering-cholesterol), over two months, AHA investigators gave about 150 people, who were vitamin D-deficient, either a “megadose” of 50,000 internationals units of vitamin D3 or a placebo. The vitamin D3 succeeded in correcting the deficiency, certainly, but it did not alter cholesterol levels. Investigators proved that the megadose did fix vitamin D deficiency, with levels tripling in those people receiving it.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “This Vitamin’s Useless for Lowering Cholesterol,” reports that the researchers suggest that longer-term studies are needed about how high-dose vitamin D could impact LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Questions remain about whether receiving vitamin D naturally from sunlight would have seen a different effect in this study. To investigate this, the researchers are preparing another study this fall.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that preventing high cholesterol is important; it is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. The following is recommended to keep cholesterol down and avoid the risks for heart disease and stroke.
- Quit smoking
- Maintain a healthy weight and actively shed pounds if overweight
- Drink alcohol in moderation
- Stick to a low-fat and low-sodium diet
- Increase intake of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables
- Exercise often, at least 5 days a week for approximately 30 minutes
(SOURCE: “The Short-Term Effects of Vitamin D Repletion on Cholesterol: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial,” Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, Sept. 4, 2012.)
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