Vitamin D Can Heal Damaged Hearts

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Vitamin D is known to have a lot of uses but a new study shows it can heal damaged hearts too. Vitamin D food supplements were found to improve the ability of the heart to pump blood around the body.  The study was based on a trial conducted on 163 heart failure patients. The findings were described as “stunning” by the Leeds Teaching Hospitals team. The team presented the results at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology. However, the British Heart Foundation called for longer trials to confirm the findings. Vitamin D, which is made in the skin when exposed to the sub, is vital for healthy bones and teeth. It is also believed to have many other important health benefits throughout the body but many people are deficient, according to the BBC.Like us on Facebook The study was conducted on people with average age of 70 and having low levels of vitamin D even in summer. “They do spend less time outside, but the skin’s ability to manufacture vitamin D also gets less effective [with age] and we don’t really understand why that is,” said consultant cardiologist Dr Klaus Witte. Sun Rays: Avoiding Them As Bad For Women’s Health As Smoking, Shows New Study Patients were given either a 100 microgram vitamin D tablet or a sugar pill placebo each day for a year. Based on this, the researchers measured the impact on heart failure – a condition in which the heart becomes too weak to pump blood properly. According to the researchers, for some patients, regularly taking vitamin D might reduce the need for an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), a device that corrects abnormal heart rhythms. Heart failure, which can lead to shortness of breath and exhaustion, affects about 900,000 people in the UK and more than 23 million worldwide, reports the Telegraph. Photo Source: Youtube, Pixabay