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Vitamin D is essential for your heart

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with high blood pressure in adults, and researchers have now found that low levels in infants and children may increase the risk of high blood pressure in later childhood and teen years
  • The combination of vitamin D and estrogen is linked with a reduced risk of metabolic syndrome in postmenopausal women. The prevalence of metabolic syndrome rises in menopause, which may be related to ovarian failure or the redistribution of fat to the stomach area with estrogen deficiency
  • Vitamin D deficiency may affect up to 75% or more of American adults and teens, which is influenced by lifestyle factors such as pollution and a reduced number of hours in the sun; the only definitive way to know if you're deficient is through a blood test
  • Vitamin D deficiency is linked to some cancers, bowel conditions, autoimmune diseases and all-cause mortality. If you consider supplementation, remember D3 and D2 are not the same and you need vitamin K2 MK-7 form to prevent arterial calcification

Vitamin D plays a significant role in several health conditions. It might be one of the simplest solutions to a wide range of problems. Despite the name, vitamin D belongs to a group of steroid molecules that are metabolized by the body in the liver and kidneys.

According to the Vitamin D Council, your body undergoes numerous turns this molecule into a hormone that undergoes numerous changes during that process before it’s actually put to work managing calcium in your blood, bones and gut, and in helping your body’s cells communicate with each other.

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