New study finds vitamin D may lower cholesterol



While Vytorin has been proven to efficiently lower cholesterol, researchers have recently found that adding a little vitamin D to your diet could reduce levels of bad cholesterol.

While Vytorin has been proven to efficiently lower cholesterol, researchers have recently found that adding a little vitamin D to your diet could reduce levels of bad cholesterol. A study led by members of the board of trustees at the North American Menopause Society randomly assigned nearly 600 women to be given daily supplements of a combined 1000 milligrams of calcium and 400 units of vitamin D, while others received a placebo, to see what affect these variables had on cholesterol levels.

After following the subjects for three years, those who had taken the supplement combination were found to not only have substantial higher levels of vitamin D, but had also decreased their low-density lipoprotein, or "bad" cholesterol, by an average of four to five points lower than those taking the placebo. In addition, the women who were taking the vitamin D supplements showed that the higher the level of vitamin D in their body, the more higher-density lipoprotein, or "good" cholesterol, they had, as well as lower amounts of triglycerides, which are a type of fat found in the blood. 

Lifestyle was also a factor for the vitamin D levels in the test subjects. Those who refrained from smoking tobacco and drank less alcohol saw significant increases in their vitamin D levels. Dr. Margery Gass, executive director of the North American Menopause Society, hoped that this study would allow women to realize the advantages of increasing their daily vitamin D regimens.

"The results of this study should inspire even more women to be conscientious about their calcium and vitamin D intake - a simple and safe way to improve health. One action can lead to multiple benefits." Gass said in a statement.

Further research is needed to evaluate whether or not adding more vitamin D to your daily diet will eventually decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, although it's widely suggested by doctors that keeping your cholesterol in check will lower the chances of heart attack or illness.

Getting more vitamin D
It's projected that 1 billion people in the world are not getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D in their bodies. According to Harvard Medical School, those who do not receive enough vitamin D are increasing their risk of osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis and some forms of cancer. Just adding a little more to your life each day will help prevent these diseases, so here are some foods that are rich in vitamin D:

  • Sushi
  • Fortified Cereals
  • Eggs
  • Mushrooms
  • Salami, ham and sausage

Vytorin can help your body lower cholesterol, but it's apparent that adding a little vitamin D along with medication can go a long way as well. If you need help lowering your cholesterol levels, contact a doctor and see if Vytorin is right for you.