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New RCT: Vitamin D and calcium supplementation may lead to better cholesterol levels

Posted on: March 12, 2014   by  Jeff Nicklas


A new trial from the Women’s Health Initiative has found that vitamin D and calcium supplementation helps improve cholesterol levels in older women.

Cholesterol levels in your blood can be predictors of cardiovascular risk. Specifically, high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, high levels of triglycerides (TG), and low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol may increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Vitamin D may play a role in cardiovascular health in a variety of different ways, such as helping to regulate blood pressure and reduce inflammation. As for cholesterol, research on vitamin D’s effect on cholesterol levels have been scarce and inconsistent.

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2 Responses to New RCT: Vitamin D and calcium supplementation may lead to better cholesterol levels

  1. jijenkins

    My wife has been on cholesterol meds for years and barely controlling it……a year after starting vita d at about 3000 iu per day (and calcium), her cholesterol was the best it’s been in 8 years. We both started vita d based on books written, but didn’t know of any cholesterol connection. Ever since that last check-up I’ve been telling her the vita d was the only thing that was changed, and suspected it was the reason.

  2. [email protected]

    Do these researchers not realize that Vit. D is MADE FROM cholesterol?! Given that, does it not seem foolish to be measuring the effect of SUPPLEMENTS?! This gives the body 1/2 the equation (the output), without changing the input – WHICH IS WHAT THEY’RE TRYING TO MEASURE! They ought to be giving the test group SUNLIGHT to increase their Vit. D (thus USING UP the cholesterol in the skin), to see the effects upon one’s cholesterol! This is a HUGE and obvious flaw in their research method, IMHO.

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