DCF 1.0VITAMIN D deficiency may be associated with high blood pressure, according to research published on TheHeart.org. 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.

Source: TheHeart.org http://www.theheart.org/conferences/esh/2012.do

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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