The one vitamin that EVERY heart patient needs
Don't wait for summer to get some sun.
If you've got heart disease... if you're even at risk for the condition... you need a little sunshine now.
The warmth of the sun doesn't just FEEL good on a spring day.
It's CRITICAL to your health -- and new research shows how the nutrient that your body bakes when you bask just might SAVE YOUR LIFE!
Yes, it's another reminder of the importance of vitamin D.
In recent years, many people have gotten in on this little secret, boosting their intake with the help of inexpensive vitamin D supplements.
If you're not one of them, it's time to get cracking -- because the new study shows how the sunshine vitamin can make a life-or-death difference for heart patients.
The lower your levels... the higher your risk of dying from this condition.
But if you boost your intake, you can boost your success.
And if you keep your D levels in the "sweet spot," your risk of dying over the course of 12 years will plunge by nearly a third!
So... what's the sweet spot?
It's a pretty wide range, at least in the new study, but it starts at 42 nmol/L.
That's not what I'd call an especially high level, but many people fall short anyway, as vitamin D insufficiency and outright deficiency are becoming increasingly common, especially among older Americans.
As the new study shows, that could be a problem if you're a heart patient. And if you're not a heart patient -- yet -- those same low levels could turn you into one.
Boosting your D can help in dozens of other ways, including cutting the risk of nearly every other major cardiovascular problem out there -- heart failure, stroke, sudden cardiac death, and more.
The cheapest way to get it is a little time under the sun.
But that's not always the best way to get it.
Clouds, clothes, and even the season can all block you from getting the exposure needed to generate D. And too much sun can cause painful sunburn and -- over the long term -- increase your risk of skin cancer.
This isn't to say that you should avoid the sun -- but if you're getting some D the old-fashioned way, be sure to take proper precautions and not overdo it.
To really make sure you're covered, take a D3 supplement. Most folks need between 2,000 IU and 5,000 IU per day, but your doc can test your levels to see how much you really need.