How Does Vitamin D Prevent Heart Disease?

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Hello, I'm Dr. Kevin Soden. We know vitamin D is great for your bones, but new research shows that it may also lower your risk of heart disease. A recent study reveal that older adults who had the highest blood levels of vitamin D had a 33% lower risk of developing heart disease. These adults had the lowest level of cordial metabolic disorders, that's the family of conditions that includes heart disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Exactly how high levels of Vitamin D protect against cardial metabolic problems isn't entirely understood. Vitamin D may protect your heart and blood vessels by acting on genes or by regulating calcium levels on the body. Vitamin D also acts as a anti-inflammatory, many adults have vitamin D deficiency.

That' s an easy fix. Supplements as well as fortified dairy products are a great source of boosting vitamin D or you can get outside and get a little sunshine but don't forget the sunscreen. Check out more on great health tips right here.