Vitamin D lowers blood pressure and boosts fitness

I don’t know about you, but when I’m nearing those last 10 minutes on the treadmill… or that last lap in the pool… I’m not feeling euphoria.

Your heart is racing. Your lungs are burning. Your legs feel like lead weights. And you start to wonder whether there really is any “gain” coming from all this “pain.”

What if I told you there was a simple way to work out longer and harder, and feel GREAT at the end of every exercise session.

Even better, it won’t cost you a penny and only takes two weeks to start working…

A new study shows that a healthy dose of vitamin D may be just the workout secret you’ve been waiting for.

According to findings presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Endocrinology in Edinburgh, Scotland, a healthy amount of vitamin D can help improve your fitness levels and even lower your blood pressure.

For the small two-week study, volunteers were given 50 micrograms of the vitamin or a placebo every two days.

At the end of the two weeks, those who took vitamin D were able to increase the distance they could cycle in 20 minutes from 5 kilometres to 6.5 kilometres.

That’s a 30 per cent improvement in two weeks! Even better, the vitamin D cyclists showed lower signs of exertion than the placebo group and lowered their blood pressure.

Dubbed the sunshine vitamin because your body makes it from sunlight, vitamin D is essential to muscle health and repair. It keeps your bones strong as you age, too.

Getting enough vitamin D can help you ward off diabetes, depression, arthritis and even certain types of cancer to boot.

The good news is that you can get your fill of vitamin D by stepping outside and exposing your head and arms to the sun for 20 to 30 minutes each day. Of course, with the winter weather, that can be a little bit of a challenge this time of year.

I recommend that my patients follow a daily supplement regimen of 2,000 IU in the summer and 4,000 IU in the winter, when there’s less light and it’s harder to get outdoors.

You can also get vitamin D through foods like salmon, tuna, sardines, beef liver, orange juice and yoghurt.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Taking Vitamin D lowers blood pressure, boosts fitness, study says, dailymail.co.uk

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  1. Vitamin D also helps fight depression and my sister started taking it and her psoriasis cleared up within weeks. Amazing stuff!!!

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