If you ask your doctor about ways to prevent — or treat — heart disease, you’re going to hear the usual.
Don’t smoke, watch your diet, keep your blood pressure and weight down, and make sure to get enough exercise.
Oh, and, of course, take your drugs — especially those statins!
But what if instead of a Lipitor Rx (or any other drug), he gave you a prescription that said “Sunshine, apply directly to skin, repeat daily”?
You might think that he had gone bonkers!
That may sound like a crazy way to heal your heart, but according to some just-out findings from Ohio University, sunshine — more specifically, the vitamin D your body converts UV rays into — is exactly what you need to keep your heart healthy.
And that’s true even if your ticker has already suffered damage from a host of diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure.
You could say that this research has discovered one of the most effective (and simple!) ways yet to protect and mend you heart.
The heart healer
“We don’t need to develop a new drug. We already have it.”
That stunning statement about vitamin D3 (the natural form of vitamin D that most supplements contain) comes from Ohio University researcher Dr. Tadeusz Malinski, and, no doubt, it will set off alarm bells in Pharmaland!
But if you thought that was a blow to Big Pharma’s boatload of meds, Dr. Malinski goes further, saying that vitamin D3 is “a very inexpensive solution to repair the cardiovascular system.”
Forgetting for a moment that he used the word “inexpensive” (a word that’s not even in a drugmaker’s vocabulary), the finding that vitamin D3 can “repair” some very special heart cells is, in itself, unbelievably unique.
What he’s referring to are the “endothelial” cells that line your blood vessels, including your coronary arteries. And they not only serve some very important functions in keeping your heart healthy, such as producing nitric oxide (more on that in a minute), but they can suffer damage due to diseases such as diabetes… and especially from a heart attack or stroke.
Until now, injuries to those cells were thought to be permanent. However, Dr. Malinski and his team have found that vitamin D3 can do what all of those pharmaceutical concoctions can’t — and that’s heal them!
We don’t know of many, if any, ways to restore endothelial cells that have been damaged, Dr. Malinski said — that is, with the exception of vitamin D3!
And as I just told you, those special cells also produce nitric oxide, or NO. And you never want to say “No” to NO! This molecule is well known for making sure that your blood vessels are open wide and your blood is flowing smoothly.
Without enough NO, you can be in big trouble. Your blood pressure can go off the charts… your cholesterol can oxidize… and your risk of forming a blood clot can skyrocket.
Of course, good news about vitamin D3 is nothing new. Over the years, we’ve told you how research has shown that having subpar levels can put you at risk for not only heart disease but multiple sclerosis, cancer, and even the Big A — Alzheimer’s.
There’s absolutely no doubt that taking a few simple measures to make sure that you’re not deficient in this vital nutrient is not just a good idea… but absolutely mandatory.
HSI advisory panel member Dr. Allan Spreen recommends that you ask your doctor to check your blood levels of D, which should optimally be between 50-70 ng/mL.
And, he says, you can take up to 5,000 IU of D3 daily, especially during the winter.
Another way to make sure you’re not deficient in D is to add more whole eggs to your diet (not just egg whites, because it’s in the yolks), along with fatty fish such as sardines, tuna, and wild-caught salmon.
During the warmer months, of course, don’t shun the very best way to get your vitamin D. Go out in the sun (without sunscreen) for around 10 minutes a day.
Your heart will thank you!
“High doses of vitamin D shown to restore cardiovascular system post-heart attack” Anicka Slachta, January 31, 2018, Cardiovascular Business, cardiovascularbusiness.com