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Heart disease risk slashed by taking 4p daily vitamin D supplements

Heart disease vitamin DGETTY ImagesVitamin D benefits: Supplements could lower arterial stiffness

Vitamin D is best known for its role in bone health, and Public Health England recommends everyone has an average 10mg of the vitamin daily.

High doses of vitamin D could also reduce the risk of arterial stiffness, claimed researchers from the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University. Arterial stiffness is a predictor of cardiovascular-related diseases and death. 

Taking vitamin D supplements for just four months reduced arterial stiffness by more than 10 per cent, the scientists revealed.

“When your arteries are more stiff, you have higher pulse wave velocity, which increases your risk of cardiometabolic disease in the future,” said Dr Anas Raed, first author of the research.

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We think maybe in the future, when you go to your physician, he or she might check your arterial stiffness as another indicator of how healthy you are

Dr Anas Raed

“We think maybe in the future, when you go to your physician, he or she might check your arterial stiffness as another indicator of how healthy you are.”

To find ways of reducing arterial stiffness, the researchers gave 70 African-Americans, aged 13 to 45, varying doses of vitamin D.

Those taking 4,000 international units - a very high dose -

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