Vitamin D Increases Heart’s Pumping Power

Posted: Apr 5 2016, 6:17am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Vitamin D Increases Heart’s Pumping Power
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  • Heart Patients would be Better off if they took some Vitamin D

It has been found that heart patients would be better off if they took some vitamin D.

Vitamin D is ideal for those dealing with symptoms of heart failure. Vitamin D is normally a tonic for the bones, yet now its salubrious effects on heart health are coming to the fore.

Heart failure is a fiasco situation of the heart. This pump cannot supply enough blood throughout the body and this condition often develops after a heart attack. The condition affects 23 million people on a worldwide level.

Researchers at the University of Leeds have found that a dose of vitamin D3 which is the most powerful shot of the vitamin helps. It can increase the heart’s pumping action by a third.

The body produces vitamin D every time it enters an area where sunlight is extant. Heart patients do not manage to have enough vitamin D even during the summer.

This is because with the passage of the years, the ability to synthesize vitamin D decreases. Also heart patients do not spend so much time in the Great Outdoors. Vitamin D holds a great deal of importance for mothers who are about to give birth to babies.

Vitamin D also prevents rickets and a host of other illnesses. Oily fish such as salmon and sardines as well as eggs are good sources of vitamin D. The vitamin is responsible for regulating calcium levels.

These keep the heart pumping. When the heart squeezes itself, the calcium is used. Also when it relaxes, the calcium leaves the heart cells.

In case of heart patients, the calcium never leaves the heart cells upon contraction thereby leading to heart failure. Vitamin D may help the heart release its inherent calcium stores.

According to BBC, 160 patients were included in the study. They were split up into two groups. One took a shot of vitamin D while the other one took a placebo. Changes in heart functionality were noted down by the researchers.

There were many positive changes in the hearts of those patients who took vitamin D. However, there were none in case of the placebo patients. These findings could spell the difference between heart health and heart failure.

This is the first time that it has been conclusively proven that vitamin D could improve heart function. The implications of this finding will be included in any future interventionist approach to benefit heart patients so that they can lead normal lives.

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