When the sun is shining, it makes you feel happy. That is because you are getting a healthy dose of Vitamin D. This vitamin makes your skin healthier, and now researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are finding that Vitamin D in African-Americans can help lower blood pressure as well.
The study was published in the American Heart Association’s journal, the March 13, 2013 edition. It followed 250 African-American adults and split them into four groups. One group received a placebo while the other three groups got a three month regimen of daily Vitamin D. The doses ranged from 1,000 units to 4,000 units.
The results weren’t anything spectacular, but they were definitely a starting point. The placebo group found their blood pressure rising slightly, while the groups with the Vitamin D noticed a small drop in blood pressure, from one to four points. This doesn’t seem like much but it gives researchers a good starting point to develop more research.
Thirty-one percent of African-Americans are Vitamin D deficient. Research has shown that Vitamin D can help with daytime sleepiness and also can help with breast and prostate cancer. Research also shows that African-American women and Caucasian women absorb the Vitamin D the same way.
The recommended dosage of Vitamin D per day is 600 IU for men and women who are 30 years old or older. Here are a few ways you can soak up the Vitamin D.
- Go out into the sunlight but always make sure to wear sunscreen
- Fatty fish (like Salmon) have Vitamin D
- Fortified milk from a cow is a great source of Vitamin D
- Vitamin D supplements
- Egg yolks
- Fortified cereal
- Beef liver
- Cod liver oil