Vitamin D not only strengthens bones and teeth. Recent studies have found that this vitamin can also increase the heart’s ability to pump blood. According to the team of Leeds Teaching Hospitals, this finding is said to be an amazing thing.
The benefits of vitamin D test was conducted on 163 patients with heart failure. They were given supplements of vitamin D. The results are quite amazing linked to their heart’s ability to pump blood. The participants with an average age of 70 years were given vitamin D intake every day for a year. The dose is 100 micrograms each time taking the supplement.
Researchers observe them see the progress experienced by the participants. Observations were carried based on the amount of blood that can be pumped by the heart in each beat. The result is known there is an increase in pumping blood from 26-34 percent. Interestingly, this increase is equivalent to an increase of blood pumping that is done through other therapies that are more expensive.
“This is a great result, almost as big as when we use other therapies that are more expensive, an amazing effect,” said Dr. Klaus Witte, a cardiologist, as quoted from the BBC.
However, it does not mean that heart patients should eat more vitamin D supplements to be healthy. The reason, this study still needs further studies in order to obtain results more convincing of the benefits of vitamin D to the work of the heart. Moreover, in another study found that vitamin D can bring an increased risk of heartbeat (atrial fibrillation).
Vitamin D can actually be produced naturally by simply exposing the skin to sunlight in the morning. Provitamin D under the skin immediately converted to vitamin D when skin is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D is also vital in helping the absorption of calcium so that the body can be used immediately.
But a lifestyle of people today prefers to be in the room. They work and perform activities in the house or not exposed to sunlight exposure. As a result, they are deficient in this vitamin. Said dr. Klaus Witte, a cardiologist, lack of sun exposure can make vitamin D deficiencies are found even in the summer.
“The old people indeed a bit spending time outside, but the ability of the skin to make vitamin D will also become ineffective along with increasing age, and we do not understand the reasons why this happened,” said Dr. Witte.