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Sunshine is essential for low blood pressure.

The Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey followed the health and dietary habits of 12,644 adults over a period of six years. Researchers found, as reported in the American Journal of Hypertension, that blood pressure was lower in the participants with the highest blood levels of vitamin D. This fat-soluable vitamin is created in the body through exposure to sunlight.

Dr. Michele Bellantoni, associate director of  Johns Hopkins Bayview Care Center, says, “It’s not so far-fetched to think that vitamin D may play a role in blood pressure, because calcium is an important mineral for the vascular system. If you’re not getting enough vitamin D, your body may not absorb calcium well, so your blood pressure might suffer a bit.” Medical professionals recommend at least an 800 IU (international units) vitamin D Supplement daily for those over 50.

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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, July/August 2008. Copyright © 2009 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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