Are you taking enough vitamin D? Experts say it should be much more than you think

Are you taking enough vitamin D? Experts say it should be much more than you think

Our bodies produce vitamin D, sometimes known as “the sunshine vitamin,” when we are exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D is essential to good health.

It is necessary for maintaining strong bones and teeth, controlling inflammation, bolstering the immune system, and other processes.

A recent study, which was presented at the Scientific Sessions 2023 conference of the American Heart Association, raises the possibility that certain individuals, especially those with heart conditions, may not receive enough vitamin D from their diets to meet recommended levels.

To investigate this subject, scientists from Intermountain Health, a western US health care network, are running a clinical experiment right now.

632 people who have had a heart attack or another kind of cardiovascular issue are enrolled in their research. One participant group got routine medical attention.

According to their first findings, the majority of individuals need high dosages of vitamin D supplements in order to achieve that level.

In actuality, 10 times (or more) more international units (IU) were required by 51% of the participants than the current recommended daily allowance (RDA) of 600 IU for the majority of persons.

Furthermore, 14.6% of subjects required 10,000 IU or more of vitamin D to achieve the recommended levels.

Previous research discovered a connection between low vitamin D levels and a higher risk of stroke or heart attack. A cardiologist who was not involved in the study, Dr. Cheng-Han Chen, told Medical News Today, “However, the reasons behind this association are not clear.”

According to Chen, there are specialists who believe that “blood vessel inflammation, which could in turn promote heart disease, is involved in vitamin D receptors in cells throughout the vascular system.”

According to study author Dr. Heidi May, an Intermountain Health cardiovascular epidemiologist, “clinicians should be more proactive in testing and treating low vitamin D levels if their ongoing study shows that achieving a vitamin D level of [more than] 40 ng/mL reduces the risk of adverse cardiovascular events.”