There’s no shortage of vitamin D news these days. But in the May 2012 issue of the journal Diabetes Care, a group of German researchers offered some especially impressive new research.1 They found that optimum vitamin
D intake cut the risk of death from heart disease by 66% in people with metabolic syndrome. It also cut overall mortality risk by a staggering 75%.
Metabolic syndrome is characterized by obesity, high blood pressure, and blood sugar imbalances. It’s a problem that, as you’re probably well aware, has reached epidemic proportions in this country. This research proves there is a simple way to dramatically cut some of the most serious risks associated with it. Certainly something worth doing.
Unfortunately, you can’t rely on the standard “Recommended Daily Allowance” amounts you find in most multivitamins to reach optimal levels of vitamin D (or most other nutrients for that matter). Instead, opt for a stand-alone vitamin D supplement, and take 1,000-2,000 IU per day.
1. “Vitamin D Levels Predict All-Cause and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality in Subjects With the Metabolic Syndrome: The Ludwigshafen Risk and Cardiovascular Health (LURIC) study.” Diabetes Care 2012; 35(5): 1,158-1,164