DoctorsHealthPress.com Reports on Study; This Vitamin is Useless for Lowering Cholesterol

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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.

DoctorsHealthPress.com Reports on Study; This Vitamin Is Useless for Lowering Cholesterol

DoctorsHealthPress.com Reports on Study; This Vitamin Is Useless for Lowering Cholesterol

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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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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