Vitamin D production through exposure to sunlight can help you to achieve better cardiovascular health. Studies of how the body reacts to optimised levels of Vitamin D have shown that there is a profusion of physiological functions triggered which can assist in combating heart disease and poor cardiovascular health. The most notable effects are an increase in anti-inflammatory cytokines ( Cytokines are the chemical messengers that are released by cells and provide the communication path in cellular activity ), the reduction of vascular calcification ( build up of calcium deposits within the vascular system which can impede blood flow ) and the promotion of vascular smooth muscle growth which will aid the blood flow.

To say that Vitamin D is just a Vitamin is both misleading and does not do it justice. Vitamin D health benefits are far ranging. It produces a plethora of positive effects in the human body and as a result is the most impressive pleiotropic substance which the body can utilise ( pleiotropic means it has an effect on a multitude of different bodily systems ). Vitamin D is a secosteroid and it plays a critical role in the repair and maintenance of tissues and organs as well as regulatory functions at the core level of the human body, your genes

There are some 30,000 genes in your body and vitamin D has been shown to have a direct impact on approximately 3,000 of them. Cumulative evidence suggests that there are receptors that respond to Vitamin D in the vast majority of human cell types and its impact can be observed throughout the bodily organs, skeletal system and brain.

It is indeed an exciting time as science is discovering yet more ground breaking evidence to suggest that we have only just scratched the surface in our understanding of the far reaching benefits of this most remarkable of Vitamins. The best news is that it is freely available through sun exposure and even if you struggle to get out enough or suffer from the winter blues then Vitamin D supplements are a great way to boost your levels so why not read some of the articles posted on this blog to find out more.

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