Vitamin D improved cholesterol quality and reduced fat

Vitamin D deficiency contributes to heart disease, according to doctors.

In one study, 77 healthy but overweight or obese premenopausal women, average age 38, kept a food diary and took 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day or a placebo. After 12 weeks, although total cholesterol increased in the vitamin D group and declined for placebo, the quality of cholesterol improved with vitamin D. HDL, the “good” cholesterol, increased while declining for placebo.

For LDL, the vitamin D group had more of the type that is larger and less likely to stick to artery walls and cause plaque compared to placebo.In addition, while the placebo group lost an average of about one pound, the vitamin D group lost an average of nearly 6 pounds of fat mass after 12 weeks.

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