Research has recently found that vitamin D has a protective effect against arterial stiffness and impaired blood vessel relaxation.
Study participants with reduced levels of vitamin D had increased arterial stiffness and vascular function impairment. However, among those whose vitamin D levels were normalized over a six month period, vascular health improved and blood pressure measurements declined.
Science Newsline Reports:
“The results add to evidence that lack of vitamin D can lead to impaired vascular health, contributing to high blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease.”
As part of a cardiovascular consultation I routinely recommend a Vitamin D3 test especially if reduced elasticity is an issue. Sup optimum levels are very common. It is is worth getting just 10 to 15min of sunshine between 10am and 3pm (without the sunscreen!) any day that the sun does shine in Ireland!!