Vitamin D and Cholesterol

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Story Updated: Sep 6, 2012

Taking vitamin D supplements for a variety of reasons, including heart health, has become common... but new research suggests the "sunshine" vitamin may do little to improve cholesterol.

Researchers studied 151 people with a vitamin D deficiency. The participants either took a weekly 50,000 international unit mega-dose of vitamin D3 or a placebo. Cholesterol levels were measured at the beginning and the end of the eight-week study.

Those taking the mega-vitamin corrected their Vitamin D deficiency...but their cholesterol levels showed no change.

The team believes longer, larger studies are needed to further assess whether increasing vitamin D levels through exposure to sunlight would make a difference...compared to the poor results from the oral vitamin supplementation.

The complete study can be found in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, an American Heart Association journal.

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV…with news you can use for healthier living.

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