3. Vitamin D supports heart health.
Vitamin D levels have been closely correlated to many aspects of cardiovascular health. Its role in the body seems to influence the control of blood pressure and the maintenance of healthy arteries. One very large study followed nearly 50,000 healthy men for 10 years and found that those who were deficient in vitamin D were two times more likely to experience a cardiovascular event vs. men who had adequate levels. Other studies have correlated adequate vitamin D levels to many improved parameters of cardiovascular health.[14-18]
Vitamin D Can Revolutionize Your Health…But It Can’t Do It Alone
No nutrient works alone in our bodies and vitamin D is no exception. Remember that the vitamin D we make from the sun and take in supplement form is a prohormone and needs to be converted by enzymes in the body in order to become a potent steroid hormone with powerful regulating effects on our DNA and genetic expression.
It is also important to understand that ensuring a proper supply of companion nutrients that support vitamin D activity can enhance some of the beneficial roles of vitamin D in the body.
Let’s review some of the key nutrients necessary to ensure you are getting the most from your sun exposure or vitamin D supplement.
- Magnesium: According to some industry experts, magnesium is the most important vitamin D cofactor. This stems mainly from the fact that magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is responsible for over 300 essential metabolic reactions mainly related to its role in enzyme activation. All of the enzymes that metabolize vitamin D from its largely inactive prohormone form to its active steroid hormone form require magnesium as a co-factor.[20,21] Combine that with the fact that magnesium deficiency is thought to be widespread among Americans, and it is easy to see why supplementing with this important mineral is a critical part of ensuring the beneficial action of vitamin D in the body.
- Vitamin K2: If magnesium is the most important vitamin D cofactor, then vitamin K2 is a close runner-up. This important fat-soluble nutrient plays a critical role in regulating the increased blood levels of calcium that result from increased blood levels of vitamin D. When blood calcium levels are increased, it is critical that the body have the right tools to properly deposit that calcium in the correct place. One major growing concern regarding higher levels of calcium intake and absorption is related to increased deposition of calcium, whereas the preferred location of calcium deposition is in the bone matrix. Vitamin K2 activates protective proteins in the arterial wall that prevent calcium deposition and vascular calcification.[23-26] In another amazing stroke of genius by our body, vitamin K2 also activates a protein in our bones that facilitates the deposition of calcium into the bone matrix and has been shown to reduce bone loss and fracture risk.[27-29] As you can see, this fat-soluble nutrient plays a critical role ensuring that calcium is deposited safely into the bones and diverted from causing damage to the arterial wall. Note: Some people on certain blood-thinning medications need to be careful about taking any supplement that contains vitamin K2. If you are taking blood thinning medications consult with your physician before taking any vitamin K supplements.
- Zinc: Zinc is an essential trace mineral that plays key roles in many metabolic pathways in the body, mainly related to its ability to catalyze over 100 different metabolic reactions. One of its primary roles with regard to being a vitamin D cofactor is related to its important role in regulating gene expression in our cellular DNA. The active hormonal form of vitamin D also exerts many of its beneficial effects by regulating and influencing gene expression. Zinc has been shown to influence the activity of vitamin D dependent genes in cells.[32,33] In conjunction with vitamin D, zinc also plays an important role in immune health and calcium metabolism.
- Boron: Boron is a trace mineral that supports vitamin D activity by influencing the activity of enzymes that metabolize vitamin D and related minerals including magnesium and calcium.[34-36]
- Antioxidants: Antioxidant compounds such as quercetin, grape seed extract and alpha lipoic acid help to support the profound beneficial effects of vitamin D on the cardiovascular system. They also help to prevent oxidative damage to our DNA and ensure proper functioning of receptor sites on our cell membrane.
My Advice: Take a Vitamin D Supplement Based on Science
Nutritional science has confirmed the critical importance of the vitamin D cofactors I listed above, and I firmly believe that for people to get the most out of their vitamin D supplement, it is crucial that they are also getting ample amounts of these synergistic ingredients.
Even if you are relying on the sun as your primary source of vitamin D, is it important to make sure you have adequate intake of these other nutrients in your diet or from supplements to support vitamin D activity.
In my opinion, Revolution-D™ by Stop Aging Now represents the most scientifically advanced vitamin D supplement on the market today. It combines therapeutic levels of critical nutrient co-factors needed to guarantee maximum benefits from vitamin D supplementation along with a high therapeutic dose of 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) – the most effect form – per serving. The D3 form of vitamin D has been shown in research to consistently raise blood levels more effectively and to confer greater health benefits than the D2 form (ergocalciferol). D2 is less expensive than D3, and is what manufacturers looking to cut corners typically use to fortify foods and make supplements. Interestingly, D2 is also what the pharmaceutical companies use to make prescription vitamin D.
For years, I was having patients take multiple products to ensure that adequate co-factors such as magnesium, vitamin K2 and zinc were present in the levels necessary to support vitamin D activity and function. Needless to say, I was thrilled when released Revolution-D and Stop Aging Now became one of the only nutraceutical companies to produce a truly comprehensive vitamin D supplement based on cutting-edge nutritional science.
And don’t just take my word for it. The Vitamin D Council, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to spreading reliable information about vitamin D partnered with Stop Aging Now to allow their many members and followers to access this cutting-edge vitamin D formula.
The quality of all Stop Aging Now products is unmatched, and Revolution-D is no exception. It is produced in the USA in an FDA-inspected facility that exceeds current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). As an industry expert in the field of natural supplements, I find it rare to come across a company that meets such high manufacturing standards, and it gives me great confidence in recommending their products to my patients, family members and friends.
Based on the impressive volumes of research backing its importance on human health, I can honestly say that vitamin D is the single most important vitamin to take as a daily supplement. And in my opinion, Revolution-D offers the most effective scientifically advanced formulation to support optimal vitamin D levels and excellent health.
About the author: Dr. Passero completed four years of post-graduate medical education at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado. Dr. Passero has trained with some of the nation’s leading doctors in the field of natural medicine. In his practice, Dr. Passero focuses on restoring harmony to both the body and mind using advanced protocols that incorporate herbal therapy, homeopathy, vitamin therapy and nutritional programs. Through education and guidance patients are able to unlock the natural healing power contained within each one of us. For more information, visit his website, Green Healing Wellness, or follow him on Facebook.