High Blood Pressure? Don’t Take Vitamin D for It (Video)
Sellers of vitamin D claim the nutrient can lower your blood pressure. But don’t believe the hype. Advertising Policy Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy Despite claims from the nutrition industry and non-medical personnel about … Read More
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Our advice is not to start vitamin D as a means to lower blood pressure.
Safe vitamin D levels unclear
Vitamin D is an essential vitamin. Your body synthesizes vitamin D from exposure to natural sunlight. Most foods don’t contain significant amounts of the nutrient. So there may be a rationale to take some vitamin D, especially during times of year with less sunlight.
Unfortunately, there’s no clear consensus on exactly how much vitamin D we need, and more importantly, what levels could cause harm.
That spells problems for anyone taking large amounts of vitamin D in the hope of boosting their health. That’s treating yourself with a blindfold on.
Vitamin D does help women at risk for osteoporosis. For men, though, there’s no clear evidence of benefit. So don’t take vitamin D supplements unless your doctor advises you to do so.