Vitamin D improves heart function, study finds

One of the themes of this newsletter is compounds (medicinal herbs, vitamins, minerals etc.) which provide many health benefits and for which deficiencies can create health issues.

What is remarkable about many of these compounds is the fact that we continue to learn of new health benefits which were previously unknown based upon ongoing newly published research.

Arguably the compound which would top this list with the most new identified health benefits would have to be Vitamin D.

One of the best sources for finding out about newly published research on new health benefits of Vitamin D is the Vitamin D Council.

The Vitamin D Council sends out a free weekly newsletter which we subscribe to on newly discovered health benefits of Vitamin D, and virtually every week newly discovered health benefits/applications for Vitamin D are documented.

The key article this week was based upon a five year study conducted at the University of Leeds which included 160 patients dealing with chronic heart failure who were already being managed with conventional medical treatments which included beta-blockers, ACE-inhibitors and pacemakers.

The study results indicated that a daily dose of Vitamin D3 improved heart function.

The ejection fraction of a healthy person is usually between 60% and 70%. In heart failure patients, the ejection fraction is often significantly impaired — in the patients enrolled into the VINDICATE study the average ejection fraction was 26%.

In the 80 patients who took Vitamin D3, the heart’s pumping function improved from 26% to 34%. In the others, who took placebo, there was no change in cardiac function.

Biotics Research offers proprietary microemulsified fat soluble formulations which includes liquid Vitamin D (available in 400 I.U. and 1,000 I.U. configurations).

The microemulsified fat soluble formulations offered by Biotics  are highly efficacious and bioavailable.

From the following Biotics Research document on Vitamin D:

Bio-D-Mulsion 400 and the Importance of Micro-Emulsification

Biotics Research Corporation’s vitamin D is micro-emulsi­fied to enhance absorption and utilization, which are partic­ularly important for those with malabsorption conditions.

Independent clinical experience suggests the micro-emul­sion form of vitamin D provides significant improvements in serum levels of 25-OH-vitamin D following supplementa­tion.10

Biotics Research Vitamin D Document 

Bio-D-Mulsion 400

Bio-D-Mulsion 1000IU’s

Description:

Vitamin D Microemulsified for complete uptake and absorption ­­(in the form of cholecalciferol) ­1,000 IU per drop extracted from Lamb’s wool. NO PRESERVATIVES!
A study using our product at 2,000 IU daily for 6 weeks achieved an average increase of 202% in serum 25 (OH) vitamin D levels. (see PDF below)
http://www.faim.org/autism/gcmaf-treatment-cancer-autism-inflammation-viral-bacterial-disease.html

Indications:

Hypovitaminosis D, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, parathyroid dysfunction, diastolic hypotension, calcium and magnesium synergist, free radical issues, bone healing, neuromuscular disease, those who avoid sunshine or are house-bound, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases

Ingredients:

Each drop supplies:
Vitamin D (in the form of cholecalciferol) 1,000 IU derived for Lamb’s wool.

Suggestion:

One drop in pure water or on the back of your clean hand, daily, or as directed by your Health Care Practitioner. 

Safety:

WARNING: For Adult use only, keep out of reach of children. Use only as recommended unless otherwise directed by a healthcare professional. Excessive consumption of vitamin D has been shown to cause serious health problems.

References: Independent research
Plotnikoff GA, Quigley JM. Prevalence of severe hypovitaminosis D in patients with persistent, nonspecific musculoskeletal pain. Mayo Clin Proc. 2003 Dec;78( 12):1463-70
Al Faraj S, Al Mutairi K. Vitamin D deficiency and chronic low back pain in Saudi Arabia. Spine. 2003 Jan 15;28( 2):177-9
Excerpt from Chapter 16: Vasquez A. Integrative Orthopedics: Concepts, Algorithms, and Therapeutics – The Art of Creating Wellness While Managing Acute and Chronic Musculoskeletal Injuries, 2004.

Yamashita H, Noguchi S, Takatsu K, Koike E, Murakami T, Watanabe S, Uchino S, Yamashita H, Kawamoto H. High prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in Japanese female patients with Graves\’ disease. Endocr J. 2001 Feb;48( 1):63-9

Vieth R. Vitamin D supplementation, 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations, and safety. Am J Clin Nutr. 1999 May;69( 5):842-56

Vieth R, Chan PC, MacFarlane GD. Efficacy and safety of vitamin D3 intake exceeding the lowest observed adverse effect level. Am J Clin Nutr. 2001 Feb;73( 2):288-94

Heaney RP, Davies KM, Chen TC, Holick MF, Barger-Lux MJ. Human serum 25-hydroxycholecalciferol response to extended oral dosing with cholecalciferol. Am J Clin Nutr. 2003 Jan;77( 1):204-10

Bucci LR, Pillors M, Medlin R, Henderson R, Stiles JC, Robol HJ, Sparks WS. Enhanced uptake in humans of coenzyme Q10 from an emulsified form. Third International Congress of Biomedical Gerontology; Acapulco, Mexico: June 1989

Following is the article on this study: the source was an article from ScienceDaily.com

At the end of the article we have included some links to other articles featured on the Vitamin D Council website on other recent discoveries with respect to Vitamin D health benefits.

Regards,
Rob Lamberton

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Vitamin D improves heart function, study finds

Source:

University of Leeds

Summary:

A daily dose of vitamin D3 improves heart function in people with chronic heart failure, a five-year research project has found. The study involved more than 160 patients who were already being treated for their heart failure using proven treatments including beta-blockers, ACE-inhibitors and pacemakers.

 

A daily dose of vitamin D3 improves heart function in people with chronic heart failure, a five-year University of Leeds research project has found.

Dr Klaus Witte, from the School of Medicine and Consultant Cardiologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, led the study, known as VINDICATE.

He said: “This is a significant breakthrough for patients. It is the first evidence that vitamin D3 can improve heart function of people with heart muscle weakness — known as heart failure. These findings could make a significant difference to the care of heart failure patients.”

Vitamin D3 can be boosted by exposure to sunlight, but heart failure patients are often deficient in it even during the summer because older people make less vitamin D3 in response to sunlight than younger people. Vitamin D3 production in the skin is also reduced by sunscreen.

The study, which was funded by the Medical Research Council, involved more than 160 patients from Leeds who were already being treated for their heart failure using proven treatments including beta-blockers, ACE-inhibitors and pacemakers.

Participants were asked to take vitamin D3 or a dummy (placebo) tablet for one year. Those patients who took vitamin D3 experienced an improvement in heart function which was not seen in those who took a placebo.

Changes in heart function were measured by cardiac ultrasound. Heart specialists measure heart function by taking an ultrasound scan of the heart (known as an echocardiogram) and measuring how much blood pumps from the heart with each heartbeat, known as ejection fraction.

The ejection fraction of a healthy person is usually between 60% and 70%. In heart failure patients, the ejection fraction is often significantly impaired — in the patients enrolled into the VINDICATE study the average ejection fraction was 26%.

In the 80 patients who took Vitamin D3, the heart’s pumping function improved from 26% to 34%. In the others, who took placebo, there was no change in cardiac function.

This means that for some heart disease patients, taking vitamin D3 regularly may lessen the need for them to be fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), a device which detects dangerous irregular heart rhythms and can shock the heart to restore a normal rhythm.

“ICDs are expensive and involve an operation” said Dr Witte. “If we can avoid an ICD implant in just a few patients, then that is a boost to patients and the NHS as a whole.”

One key aspect of this study is that the researchers avoided using a calcium-based supplement, as calcium can cause further problems for heart failure patients.

The findings from the VINDICATE study will be presented at the American College of Cardiology 65th Annual Scientific Session & Expo in Chicago on April 4.

Heart failure affects about 900,000 people in the UK and more than 23 million worldwide.

The condition can affect people of all ages, but it is more common in older people — more than half of all people globally with heart failure are over the age of 75.

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References

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Title:  Human Vitamin and Mineral Requirements…

 

Vitamin D

Summary of the role of vitamin D in human metabolic processes
Overview of the role of vitamin D
Populations at risk for vitamin D deficiency
Evidence used for estimating recommended vitamin D intake
Considerations in viewing recommended intakes for vitamin D
Summary of the RNIs for vitamin D by age group
Vitamin D toxicity
Future research
References

Volume 21, Issue 3, 20 March 2014, Pages 319–329


Review

Vitamin D Metabolism, Mechanism of Action, and Clinical Applications

Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D

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