5 Ways Vitamin D Critically Supports Heart Health & Function*
It's no secret that healthy vitamin D levels help optimize everything from cognitive function and mood support to immune, gut, and hormone health.* Generally speaking, vitamin D sufficiency is critical for whole-body health and well-being.*
In many scientific studies, VDD has also been associated with cardiovascular concerns. And while scientists are still researching the connection between vitamin D status and heart health issues, the essential vitamin has already been found to support the cardiovascular system in a few major ways.*
5 ways vitamin D supports heart health.
Considering vitamin D receptors are found…well, pretty much everywhere in the body, it's no surprise that this vital nutrient benefits the heart.*
Here are some ways vitamin D supports healthy cardiovascular function:*
- It bolsters cardiac muscle function, according to this 2014 Frontiers scientific review3.
- It promotes a healthy lipid profile and supports important components of cardiometabolic health, as outlined in this 2018 review from BioMed Central.
- It helps regulate healthy blood sugar levels (another important cardiometabolic health biomarker)—which, in turn, helps protect blood vessels and maintain healthy blood pressure.
- It supports a healthy inflammatory response, which is absolutely vital for overall cardiovascular health and function.
- It increases antioxidant activity, which helps combat oxidative stress and promote heart longevity.
How to reach sufficient vitamin D levels.
Vitamin D promotes universal health and longevity, including cardiovascular function and cardiometabolic health outcomes.*
Morgan Chamberlain is a supplement editor at mindbodygreen. She graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree in magazine journalism and a minor in nutrition. Chamberlain believes in taking small steps to improve your well-being—whether that means eating more plant-based foods, checking in with a therapist weekly, or spending quality time with your closest friends. When she isn’t typing away furiously at her keyboard, you can find her cooking in the kitchen, hanging outside, or doing a vinyasa flow.