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High blood pressure link to vitamin D

DCF 1.0VITAMIN D deficiency may be associated with high blood pressure, according to research published on The study followed 112 people with high blood pressure who had their vitamin D levels checked.

Ninety-two of them were deficient at the start of the study. Giving the participants vitamin D supplements over 20 weeks showed a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure (the top number for blood pressure) (reduced by 6.8 mmHg) and also diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) was reduced by 1.7mmHg.

How can you reduce high blood pressure?

  • Get your vitamin D level checked by a simple home finger prick test.
  • Supplement with vitamin D if you are deficient and then re-test to make sure the level is back to normal
  • Eat more oily fish and eggs as they contain vitamin D
  • Get out in the sunshine whenever possible (without wearing sunscreen)
  • Reduce your salt intake and use herbs such as ginger and garlic to flavour your food instead.
  • Follow a healthy eating programme (contact me for details), because being overweight – especially when carrying the weight around the middle of your body – increases your risk of high blood pressure.


Tamex H, Thadhani RI, 2012, Curr Opin Nephrol Hypertens, 21, 5, 492-9 and Larsen T, 2012, presented at the European Society of Hypertension, London

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  1. barbara davide

    Having recently been diagnosed with gluten allergy, vit. d deficiency and high blood pressure, been hopeful that when the d is better, the blood pressure will be too. Thanks for the info that it takes about 20 weeks. Dr. has put me on Replesta for 12 weeks at 50,000 units once a week and then I’ll be retested. Monitoring my blood pressure daily. It goes from 160’s over 90’s to 133 over 76 or 80. Up and down. But this is only the 2nd week of Vit. D. Had lost a considerable amount of weight, had off balance feeling, weak muscles and dull headaches and that’s why I had the blood test. Is it true that I should not be taking any other supplements while on the D?

    • Generally speaking there’s no reason to not take other vitamins and minerals while taking vitamin D. If you are worried, or would like some individual advise to help lower blood pressure naturally, drop me an email and we can take it from there. Fiona

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