A recent study found that a daily dose of vitamin D3 can significantly improve heart function for people with chronic heart failure. (Read: Vitamin D Prostate Cancer Drag?)
More than 160 heart failure patients are participating in the five-year study at the University of Leeds School of Medicine. They use treatments such as beta blockers, ACE inhibitors and a pacemaker. One group of patients taking tablets of vitamin D every day for a year, and the second group took a placebo. The vitamin D group members feel their heart pumping function increased from 26 percent to 34 percent.
Dr. Klaus Witte senior lecturer in the field of cardiology at the University at the same time the leader of the study, said these findings can make a significant difference in the treatment of heart failure patients.
“This is the first evidence that vitamin D3 can improve heart function of people with weakness of the heart muscle known as heart failure,” said Witte.
The results of this research provide hope that a daily dose of vitamin D can reduce the need for heart failure patients, the implant must be equipped with a cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). ICD is an expensive device that detects an irregular heart rhythm and restore normal rhythms to the heartbeat.
There are about 23 million people worldwide with heart failure. Heart failure can affect people of all ages, but is more common in the elderly. More than half of all people with heart failure aged 75 years or older.
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The research was presented at a scientific session of the American College of annual 65 Cardiology and Expo in Chicago.
Results of research recently, pointing out that women post-menopause that cannot consume the nutrients, including vitamin B12 complete, at high risk of developing anemia.
The researchers observed 73,000 menopausal women participating for nine years in research on women’s Health Initiative. From the study, a total of 5.5% anemic. The researchers found that women with anemia, tend to eat less protein or vitamin B9, folate, iron, vitamin C, and vitamin B12.
Low vitamin B12 levels tend to occur there are women over as they age. It could be that, in old age, the amount of hydrochloric acid in the stomach is not enough to absorb the vitamin. The danger, lack of vitamin B12 can cause headaches, weight loss, memory loss, dementia, and depression.
Vitamin B12 is found in fish, red meat, eggs, milk, and cereal. For vegetarian women, Correa suggested to meet the needs of B12 through injections, because this is the best way to be absorbed by the body.
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)
Although folic acid is known as essential nutrients for pregnant women, this one also required nutrients women after menopause. “Folic acid plays a role to protect the heart, by forming new networks,” said Correa.
Folic acid is a vitamin B complex is needed by the body to form red blood cells. Some signs You lack folic acid is anemia, weight loss, weakness, headaches, and are at risk of developing heart disease. Folic acid is contained in green leafy vegetables, lemon, berries, nuts, and olive oil.