Statins Or Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is important to cardiovascular health. Read more to learn why you need to make sure you get enough of this important vitamin through food or sun exposure.

Over the past 80 years, more people have died from heart disease in the United States than any other disease.[1. Prevalence of heart disease – United States, 2005 (Reprinted from MMWR, vol 56, pg 113-118, 2007). Neyer, JR. JAMA-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, 297, 12, 1308-1309, MAR 28 200.]  Along with being the leading killer in the United States, heart disease has also been a major cause of disability.  A major risk factor for heart disease is high blood pressure, while treatment and control of high blood pressure reduces the risk.[2. US Trends in Prevalence, Awareness, Treatment, and Control of Hypertension, 1988-2008. Egan, BM. JAMA-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, 303, 20, 2043-2050,  MAY 26 2010]  High blood pressure, defined as systolic BP of at least 140 mm Hg and diastolic BP of at least 90 mm Hg, is a prevalent condition affecting approximately 65 million individuals in the United States, based on a preliminary report from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2005-2006 and coincident US population estimates.[4. US Trends in Prevalence, Awareness, Treatment, and Control of Hypertension, 1988-2008. Egan, BM. JAMA-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, 303, 20, 2043-2050,  MAY 26 2010]

In a recent research study from Emory University, it was shown “that lack of vitamin D can lead to impaired vascular health, contributing to high blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease.” [3. Vitamin D levels linked with health of blood vessels. Released by Emory University. Science Newsline. April 4, 2011.] While many people might consider themselves healthy, the sad reality is that around 85% of the American public are Vitamin D deficient, and as much as 95% of U.S. senior citizens. This means that most Americans’ arteries are likely stiffer than they should be, and their blood pressure may run higher than recommended due to their blood vessels being unable to relax.

If you are like most Americans, and are not getting at least twenty minutes of sunlight a day, taking a supplement rich in vitamin D3 is crucial for your health. Maximized Living’s Vitamin D3 Pro includes 5000 IU’s of D3 as well as a healthy blend of probiotics. Vitamin D3 Pro helps to strengthen your immune system, enhance your digestion and fat metabolism as well improve the health of your joints, bones, skin and teeth. Vitamin D deficiency is also linked to cancer, the flu, osteoporosis, and a host of other severe illnesses.  It’s not a nutrient to kid around about or miss.  Like with any vitamin or specific nutrient, staying healthy is part of an all around focus on well-being. A vitamin without considering the other 5 Essentials of Maximized Living will still leave you exposed to the demons of poor health.

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