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The Effect of Vitamin D on Blood Pressure

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for our bodies, and is instrumental in the regulation of calcium and phosphorus.  There is no doubt that a sufficient level of vitamin D intake is necessary for healthy and strong bones.  A deficiency will severely affect your bones, making them brittle and susceptible to fracturing.

There have been a number of other studies that indicate that vitamin D can positively affect a vast amount of mind and body functions.  One characteristic of vitamin D, that has been a large subject of discussion recently, is its effect on high blood pressure (hypertension).  Though there is not substantial evidence that proves it lowers high blood pressure, there has been significant evidence that they are at least associated factors.

A study presented at the 2013 European Human Genetic Conference demonstrated that individuals with higher concentrations of vitamin D had reduced blood pressure.  Another study, indicated that supplementing vitamin D would likely lower blood pressure.  Finally, a different study, specifically focused on the African American community, found that Vitamin D supplementation lower the systolic blood pressure in the study’s participants.

Most studies indicate that vitamin D will likely benefit high blood pressure, amongst many other health factors.  It is also important to note that most individuals in the Western world have vitamin D deficiencies or insufficiencies.  In the end, supplementing the vitamin is a reasonable course of action if you feel vitamin D deficiency has played a role in your hypertension or high blood pressure.