Vitamin D may improve heart function in infants
by Newsletter Editor
In this first controlled study of vitamin D for infants with heart failure, 80 babies took 1,000 IU of vitamin D per day, or a placebo, while undergoing standard heart failure medical treatment.
After 12 weeks, compared to placebo, infants taking vitamin D had improved in several measurements of heart function and had higher levels of anti-inflammatory molecules, and lower levels of pro-inflammatory molecules.
Dr. John Cannell of the Vitamin D Council, an expert who was not involved in the study, said that after 12 weeks, the vitamin D group was able to pump significantly more blood than placebo and had greatly increased circulating levels of vitamin D.
Reference: Pediatr Cardiol.2012 Jun;33(5):713-9