Natural health experts have known for decades how powerful this particular vitamin is to battle high blood pressure.
The big pharmaceutical companies have, however, used endless resources and influence to trash any study that showed positive effects from this essential vitamin.
Research recently published in the online science journal PLOS One, however, revealed conclusive proof that high blood pressure is caused (and cured) by this one vitamin.
Research on mice recently looked at the connection between high blood pressure and vitamin D. In the two-part study, four groups of mice were given specific diets.
In one part of the study, the mice were given vitamin D-deficient and vitamin D-sufficient diets. In the second part of the study, they were further divided between a high-fat or low-fat diet.
This resulted in the four groups: Vitamin D-deficient, high-fat; vitamin D deficient, low-fat; vitamin D-sufficient, high-fat; and vitamin D sufficient, low-fat.
What the researchers found was that for mice that were in the vitamin D-deficient groups, both high- and low-fat diet, mice developed high blood pressure. It didn’t matter if the diet was high– or low-fat they all became hypertensive.
The mice who were on high- and low-fat diets but were vitamin D-sufficient did not become hypertensive.
What’s more, when the hypertensive mice from the deficient group then received sufficient levels of vitamin D, their blood pressure stabilized and they no longer showed signs of high blood pressure.
Before the study, all researchers had to go on was correlative studies that were criticized by pharmaceutical groups as not having irrefutable proof; this study ends the debate.
But humans are a little bit more complicated than mice. And although taking vitamin D will help manage high blood pressure, it may not be enough.
Vitamin D is produced by the skin when it comes in contact with ultraviolet B radiation from the sun. We also obtain Vitamin D through dietary sources, however, it is not widely found naturally in food sources and food fortification has been found to be largely inconsistent or inadequate as reliable sources. While we rely on sun exposure primarily for our Vitamin D absorption, depending on where you live, the time and day and what you are wearing, you may not be getting as much as you need. In fact, an estimated 40 to 75 percent of our population is deficient in Vitamin D.
If you have high blood pressure, ask your doctor to check your Vitamin D status. It could be a simple answer to help reduce your risk of complications from unmanaged blood pressure including heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and congestive heart failure.