Vitamin D Levels Dramatically Lower Cardiovascular Risk
by John L. Phillip
mare really not your enemy. In fact, they are critical blood components which
provide our bodies with the ability to synthesize new cells, form hormones and a
large variety of other critical cellular functions. When these levels are artificially
reduced, essential molecular duties are limited, and the homeostasis in the body is
disrupted. Pharmaceutical makers (and your doctor) love the statin drugs because
they predictably lower blood markers in a dose dependent manner.

Take this amount of drug, and you will reduce your cholesterol by this amount. In
fact, it has been demonstrated that statins help only 1 in 100 people partially avoid a
second heart attack, likely through the statin's ability to modestly reduce systemic
inflammation. All nice and pretty... and thus a multi-billion dollar category of drugs is
born.

The latest research is clearly demonstrating that arterial plaque is not directly formed
by cholesterol being stuffed into the walls of our arteries, but by a very complex
process which is triggered through our immune system through inflammation.
Components of our white blood cells known as macrophages are actually the culprit,
as they lose their protein coating in a response to arterial inflammation.

It is these white blood cell macrophages which create the foamy plagues which plug
up the micro openings in the arteries which occur due to excessive abuse in our
body. This abuse is caused by a large number of factors, but the short list includes
poor dietary factors (refined carbs, fast foods, fried foods) and high blood pressure.
From the perspective of our bodies, it is attempting to save our lives, as these micro
cracks in the arterial walls could easily lead our bleeding-out.

It's ironic that the mechanism used to help us survive is often the same one which
leads to our premature demise. Vitamin C is also critical in avoiding the micro cracks,
as it assists the body to create collagen which can help to repair the tiny tears in the
vessel walls. More about the role of Vitamin C in a future post.

Now that we understand that the local pharmacy does not have the answer to help
us avoid cardiovascular disease, how can we eliminate this risk? The simple answer is
through eating a proper diet which is low in refined carbs, sugar and especially
'high-fructose corn syrup' and trans-fats and cooked animal fats, maintaining a
healthy body weight and correcting the blood level of Vitamin D.

OK, the first two we have all heard about, but the Vitamin D component just doesn't
seem to get that much media attention. The very latest studies have confirmed that
maintaining an optimal Vitamin D blood level of 50 - 70 ng/ml will reduce the chance
of developing heart disease by 50%! As this is the primary killer of people in the US
and other western countries, wouldn't that merit a major headline? Hard to believe
that you probably will never hear of this information.

But yet Vitamin D has been demonstrated to help blood vessels to dilate, reduce
levels of dangerous triglycerides and reduce inflammatory factors in the blood. By
ensuring a proper level of Vitamin D in the blood through either sun exposure (only if
less than 50 years old) or supplementation (remember, in a gelcap form), we can
cut in half the number of people subjected to heart disease.

If only there were tons of money to be made by pharmaceutical entities through the
sale of Vitamin D, we could save literally millions of lives each year. Good thing you
now know this vital information and can begin taking steps to protect your own
health.

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About The Author

John Phillip is a Health Researcher and Author who writes regularly on the cutting
edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation to enhance and
improve the quality and length of life. Visit
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It has been widely reported that US
deaths from cardiovascular disease
has recently overtaken cancer as the
Number 1 killer of people of all ages.
The news media has been quick to
blast these headlines everywhere.
And the pharmaceutical companies
are also quick to tell all who will listen
that their latest and greatest drug will
lower total cholesterol and LDL-C,
thus reducing heart attack risk. If only
it were that simple... and true!

The problem is that many recent
reports have proven that cholesterol
(and even the much maligned LDL-C)
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